In 2015, while still working at Fox News, Gretchen Carlson released her memoir, Getting Real. Today, she filed a lawsuit against the Fox News network’s CEO Roger Ailes. She alleges he sexually harassed her and makes it clear that he is willing to give employees more money and opportunities if they give him special favors. In her telling, the atmosphere there was not very friendly to women.
The alleged sexist behavior isn’t limited to high-profile executives at Fox News. She made that much clear in Getting Real when she shared two separate incidents from her past. In the first, she met with “a top television executive [she] was told could help [her].” In the second, it was “a top public relations executive” she described as “a powerful man.”
In her own words, here is what she said about the sexual harassment and assault of young women in the television news industry and her internal debate over what — if anything — she could do about it by speaking up:
As you can see, for years, she has struggled with the questions of whether she should tell someone and who she would tell.
Obviously, she made up her mind to finally go public and this year, unlike last year, she’s naming names.
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