Quantcast
Connect with us

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson says she was fired for refusing to have sex with Roger Ailes

Published

on

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson (screen grab)

Longtime Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss, CEO Roger Ailes.

UPDATE: Gretchen Carlson’s lawyers contacted by 10 women after Roger Ailes suit

Carlson, who just announced that she was no longer working for Fox News on her Facebook page, alleges that she was fired because she rebuffed Ailes’s sexual advances. Carlson, who had spent 11 years at Fox News, alleges that her firing from Fox was a retaliatory move after she not only refused to have sex with Ailes, but also tried to challenge what she claims was unfair treatment from her male colleagues.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED: Maybe Trump wasn’t full of sh*t about having ‘bombs’ to use against Roger Ailes and Fox News

Among other things, Carlson alleges that Ailes told her last September that “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago.” Carlson also claims that Ailes instructed her to turn around on multiple occasions so he could ogle her posterior, while also requesting that she wear outfits that showed off her figure.

Ailes also lamented to Carlson that his marriage was “boring” and openly fantasized about being stranded on a desert island with her, according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday in New Jersey.

Carlson alleges that Ailes “sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive harassment.”

Carlson’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, told CNN that Ailes’ sexual harassment was “very consistent and very pervasive.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“We are very confident in our evidence,” Smith added. “We have very powerful evidence. But we don’t want to discuss what the evidence is outside of the courtroom.”

The attorney indicated that other women could testify against Ailes.

VIDEOS: Was Gretchen Carlson crying out for help for years before suing Fox boss for sex harassment?

ADVERTISEMENT

Ailes isn’t the only major figure at Fox News named in the suit, either: Carlson also alleges that Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy regularly demeaned her in the workplace by “mocking her during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show.” She claims Doocy attempted “to put her in her place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop.”

“I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career,” Carlson said in a prepared statement. “Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Ailes has denied the accusations.

“Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false,” Ailes said in a statement. “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. Ironically, FOX News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11 year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

You can read the full lawsuit below:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump’s most unhinged supporters paying $5 a pop to use special emojis on YouTube

Published

on

The pro-Trump cable network One America News is cashing in on QAnon conspiracy theorists on its YouTube channel.

OAN viewers can pay $4.95 a month to become "members" of the right-wing channel, which then allows them to use customized emojis to signal their recognition of the conspiracy theory's lore, reported The Daily Beast.

"It’s not clear how many people have signed up for the OAN YouTube membership, when OAN started offering the emojis, or how many of those sign-ups were driven by the opportunity to use QAnon emojis," writes The Beast's Will Sommer. "But the creation of the emojis reflects a decision to monetize, not expel, the conspiracy believers. If QAnon fans are going to spam QAnon in the OAN comments, it seems the network has decided they might as well get some money out of it."

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Former federal prosecutor explains how AG Barr could help Trump steal the election — and take the US to ‘a very dark place’

Published

on

Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump’s ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States’ 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on September 22.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

You’d think Mitch McConnell would use RBG’s open seat to drive election turnout — but he has a different goal in mind

Published

on

President Trump repeatedly says that he's accomplished more than any president in history. I've never heard anyone ask him to lay out specifically what he means by that. He can try to take credit for signing big tax cuts for the wealthy, but that was passed by the Republican Congress with little input from him. It's true that his executive branch agencies have overturned many environmental rules and other regulations, but he hasn't been involved and clearly doesn't know the details.Trump's corruption has given his consigliere, Attorney General Bill Barr, the opportunity to further his own "powerful executive" theory. His craven pandering to white supremacists and the evangelical right has kept the base bonded tightly to the Republican Party. But beyond that his list of accomplishments is nil. He has literally done nothing but run his mouth and turn the U.S. into an object of fear and pity around the world
Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE