In a move that can only be encouraged with a cheer, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is suing the network’s super powerful CEO and chairman Roger Ailes for sexually harassing her.
In a statement issued Wednesday, she said, “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.”
Ailes, 76, is vehemently denying the accusations and Fox’s parent company — led by Rupert Murdoch’s sons — is conducting an “internal review,” CNN reported
Carlson, 50, was let go from her 2 p.m. newscast “The Real Story” on June 23. Her suit, filed in Superior Court in New Jersey’s Bergen County, where Ailes owns a home, states she was fired for “refusing Ailes’ sexual advances” and seeks unspecified payment for damages, according to the Associated Press.
Carlson’s attorney Nancy Erika Smith told CNN the suit “didn’t begin with her termination,” and that Ailes’ harassment was “consistent and pervasive.”
A rep for the Smith’s law firm announced that “at least 10” other women contacted the office with similar stories about the conservative TV executive, who has shaped the careers of Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and whom Rolling Stone compared to Father (Charles) Coughlin, the bigoted priest whose radio broadcasts drew millions of listeners in the 1930s.
Smith emphasized that Carlson is suing Ailes, not the network, but the suit also points to “sexist” treatment from Fox host Steve Doocy.
Carlson, who was Miss America in 1989 and had worked at the network for 11 years, said Ailes ogled her, made comments about her legs, urged her to wear clothes that enhanced her figure and told her she was sexy but “too much hard work.
She said Ailes retaliated after she complained about harassment by firing her as host of the morning show “Fox & Friends” in 2013 and reducing her pay with the transfer to the afternoon lot. He also ended her primetime guest appearances on Bill O’Reilly’s high-rated show.
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— Wire report