EWW: Did Fox News CEO Roger Ailes sexually harass Gretchen Carlson?
Gretchen Carlson, former "Fox & Friends" co-host, has filed a lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
Carlson released a statement about Ailes through a PR firm, saying she denied Ailes advances and received disparaging and sexist treatment in the newsroom.
The lawsuit claims Ailes made “sexually charged comments” to her, including “lewd innuendo, ogling and remarks about Ms. Carlson’s body to demands for sex as a way for her to improve her job standing.”
As of June 23rd, Carlson's contract was terminated and she no longer works for Fox.
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) July 6, 2016
Ailes denied any wrongdoing, and even went as far to say Carlson's allegations were defamatory and based fully on retaliation:
"Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup.
When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit ... This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”
Here's the thing: Carlson is far from the only female to make allegations against Ailes.
One anonymous female Fox News contributor said Ailes asked her to turn around during a meeting so he could see her posterior.
Another employee said Ailes often brags that he does not choose his on-air talent by, well, their talent. Instead, he supposedly chooses his on-air talent by how sexually attracted he is to them.
An unauthorized biography of Ailes from 2014, by Gabriel Sherman, also alleged Ailes offered female news producers extra cash if they slept with him whenever he wanted.
Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced they would conduct an internal review based on the allegations. Meanwhile, the case against Ailes is building as more and more women are coming forward.
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