Former “Fox & Friends” co-host Clayton Morris has fled the U.S. while facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real-estate fraud, the Indianapolis Star reported Friday.
Morris has moved with his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, according to a Facebook post from his wife, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris.
Natali Morris told the Star in an email that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.
Morris left his position at Fox News in 2017 to become a real estate promoter with Bert Whalen of Indianapolis.
The Hill reports:
The two men are alleged to have misled at least 35 buyers and renters on the conditions of distressed properties. Morris used web-based seminars and YouTube videos to lure potential investors.
Natali Morris told the outlet that she and her husband are not responsible for losses, instead blaming Whalen and his business, Oceanpointe.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the investors “accuse Morris and [business partner Bert] Whalen of covering their tracks by providing fake leases and sending rent checks even though the properties were vacant. Many of the investors say they only discovered the truth when they began receiving code violations and condemnation notices from the city.”
“We have and continued to take responsibility for all of our legal challenges that came from our relationship with Oceanpointe. We have answered all of our attorney general requests in all states. We have answered all lawsuits,” she said.
“We have not run from anything,” she added. “We continue to show up for this until the last lawsuit is dismissed and it is clear that we neither had the money from Oceanpointe investors nor did we defraud anyone.”
Some involved with the lawsuits against the former “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host have expressed concerns about his recent move to Portugal.
“In my clients’ opinion, innocent people don’t flee the country,” Jynell Berkshire, an Indianapolis real estate attorney who is representing several investors, told the news outlet.