Six more women accuse Ailes of sexual harassment

Six more women accuse Ailes of sexual harassment


The sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Fox News channel presenter Gretchen Carlson against the network’s chairman Roger Ailes has intensified, following the publication of new allegations with six more women pointing fingers at him.
Carlson filed suit last week in New Jersey Superior Court, saying she was fired because she “refused [Ailes’] sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”

For News presenter Gretchen Carlson says Roger Ailes called her a “man hater” and said she needed to “get along with the boys”.
The suit claims the pair met to discuss the discriminatory treatment to which she was subjected, but that Ailes said they ought to have had “a sexual relationship a long time ago … sometimes problems are easier to solve that way.”
The 76-year-old television news executive issued a statement in response to the initial lawsuit, challenging its veracity, saying it was both defamatory and offensive.
“It is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously,” Ailes said.
But New York magazine has since published the accounts of six women who were interviewed for author Gabriel Sherman’s 2014 biography of Ailes.
Their accounts include claims the Fox News chief, at different times across a 25-year-period, made either unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate sexual comments.
Two of the women gave New York magazine permission to publish their names; they are former Republican National Committee field adviser Kellie Boyle, 54, and former model Marsha Callahan, 73.
Boyle’s account included an incident in which she claims Ailes said to her: “You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.”
Callahan’s account related to an incident in which she claims Ailes, then a producer on The Mike Douglas Show, asked her to lift her skirt and pose for him.
The other four women were quoted using pseudonyms.
Carlson’s attorney Nancy Erika Smith told New York magazine “more than a dozen” women had contacted her in the wake of news coverage of the lawsuit.
New York magazine reported Ailes’ lawyers filed a motion last week in New Jersey to move Carlson’s lawsuit to arbitration.
Carlson’s original lawsuit detailed a series of incidents at Fox News since 2009.
Carlson said she had initially complained that one of her ho-costs Steve Doocy was engaged in a “pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”
But when the complaint was escalated internally at Fox News, Ailes called Carlson a “man hater” and told Carlson she needed to “get along with the boys”.
Ailes later told her she needed to stop getting “offended so God damn easy about everything.”
Carlson’s suit also alleges Ailes asked her to turn around in his office so he could “view her posterior”, commended on outfits which “enhanced” her figure and commented on her legs.
Carlson hosted The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson, which had an audience of around 1.1 million viewers and regularly won its time-slot, until her contract was not renewed, according to media reports.


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