Hannity claims he showed his 'good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only.'
Sean Hannity reportedly pulled a gun on his colleague Juan Williams after a heated argument on set. According to CNN, the Fox News anchor, who is one of Donald Trump's biggest media supporters, pointed his gun and its laser sight at liberal contributor Williams after a segment in which they were arguing last year.
Sources said Hannity was just showing off, but his off-camera antic disturbed Williams and others on set. It prompted Williams' colleagues to bring the incident to the attention of Fox News executives. The incident was referred to Fox News' legal and human resource departments, though it's not clear whether the network has taken any actions regarding the incident.
Responding to the report, Fox News says in a statement that "no one was put in any danger" during the incident that took place in October 2016. The network states, "Sean Hannity has been trained in firearm safety since he was 11 years old and has a license to carry a gun in five states, including New York. The situation was thoroughly investigated."
Hannity also claims that he was just demonstrating how to use a gun. "While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only," he says. "Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I've had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting."
Echoing his Fox News co-worker, Williams says, "This incident is being sensationalized - everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm's way. It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends."