Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fox News Exec Roger Ailes
Gretchen Carlson, a longtime on-air personality for Fox News, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes.
Gretchen Carlson Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes
Carlson previously served as a co-anchor at Fox News’ Fox & Friends program, and went on to anchor daytime program The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. In her lawsuit, she claims that she was removed from Fox & Friends in 2013 after reporting that her co-host, Steve Doocy, was acting inappropriately towards her. By placing her as the anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Carlson alleges the network was making an effort to diminish her presence.
On June 23, Carlson was terminated from Fox News Channel when the network declined to re-up her contract. According to the lawsuit, Carlson was forced to rebuke sexual advances made by Ailes after sharing her concerns about the way in which her male colleagues – including Doocy – were treating her.
“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,” Carlson said in a statement. ” I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day.”
While Ailes has claimed that the allegations are false, Fox is conducting an “internal review” to determine the veracity of Carlson’s statements.
Carlson had worked at Fox News since 2005.
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