As the controversy continues to smolder for the former Chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes after a windfall of sexual harassment accusations and quickly piling lawsuits, the media giant’s alma mater is now taking action.
Students last week at Ohio University voted to have Ailes’ name removed from the on-campus newsroom. The naming of the newsroom and subsequent sign of benevolence of course came after Ailes donated a hefty sum of $500,000 to the University in 2007, and the “Roger E. Ailes Newsroom” has stood ever since.
That is, until yesterday.
— WOUB News (@woubnews) September 13, 2016
The WOUB News team Tweeted out (proudly, it would seem…) the moments that the Ailes signs was scrubbed from the school walls. School President Roderick McDavis confirmed Monday that the gift from Ailes will be returned in full.
“Given the allegations against Mr. Ailes and the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, I have decided that the most appropriate action is to return Mr. Ailes’ gift and to remove his name from the WOUB newsroom,” McDavis said.
21st Century Fox recently settled lawsuits from female former Fox employees alleging harassment against Ailes, including a $20 million settlement with prominent anchor Gretchen Carlson.
[image via WOUB News]
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