WOW! This story is just breaking and is rocking the cable news world.
For 11 years Gretchen Carlson was a much-beloved and highly rated FOX News host. She was unceremoniously fired in late June. The firing shock many as she was the leading host in her time slot.
Now the other shoe has dropped and the implications for her famous boss, FOX News head Roger Ailes are profound!
Mediaite has more…
CNN’s Brian Stelter took to Twitter with the following information, and POLITICO’s Hadas Gold confirmed that details are soon emerging.
Breaking: “Fox News Host and Author Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Lawsuit Against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 6, 2016
CNN’s Tom Kludt released a revealing statement that reads in-part:
“One of the media industry’s most powerful figures fired a longtime on-air personality because she refused to sleep with him and reported disparaging treatment in the newsroom.
Such are the key allegations in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed today by Fox News host Gretchen Carlson against the network’s chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.”
We will have more details as they become available.
UPDATE 11:44 a.m. ET: According to Hadas Gold, Carlson has released the following statement, saying, “I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career”:
Gretchen Carlson statement on the lawsuit pic.twitter.com/F6W9HU4H2A
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) July 6, 2016
UPDATE 2 4:37 PM ET: According to HuffPo…
In the suit, Carlson alleges that she was mocked by Ailes for complaining about unequal treatment by male colleagues and was demoted to the afternoon show with reduced pay as retaliation. Carlson also claims that Ailes demanded sex as a way to improve her standing at Fox News and told her to “turn around so he could view her posterior.”
That demand wasn’t made exclusively to Carlson. One female Fox News contributor, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she had a similar encounter with Ailes.
“He asked me to turn around so he can see my ass,” the source said about one of her meetings with Ailes.
Another Fox News employee, who also asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said that Ailes told her that she could only wear dresses on-air. She also described a story that Ailes often tells about how he chooses his on-air talent.
“He always brags to people about how he doesn’t do polling or testing when he chooses his on-air talent. He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he’d ask himself if he would fuck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera,” the source said.