Ex-Fox Anchor Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes


Fox News anchor and author Gretchen Carlson is filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes.

Carlson took to social media to confirm moments ago that she is no longer with Fox News, releasing a brief statement onto her Facebook page.

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.”:

In 2014, Gabriel Sherman, an unauthorized biographer of Ailes, revealed the Chairman’s reputation for sordid sexual behavior. As the New York Times wrote on January 7, 2014 about the book The Loudest Voice In The Room:

“In one anecdote, a television producer, Randi Harrison, told Mr. Sherman that while negotiating her salary with Mr. Ailes at NBC in the 1980s, he offered her an additional $100 each week ‘if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.'”

A Fox News spokesperson at the time refuted the claims, saying, “These charges are false.” Carlson was the anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, and the Minnesota native was crowned the 1989 Miss America. Carlson served as a CBS News correspondent for several years before moving to Fox News, where she anchored Fox & Friends in the mornings alongside Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy. In 2013, Carlson moved to her own program at 2 p.m. ET, where she stayed until as recently as June 23rd.

Carlson most recently made headlines when she took a firm stand on her June 14th show against assault rifles following the tragedy that unfolded in Orlando, Florida. “Can’t we hold true the sanctity of the Second Amendment while still having common sense?” she asked on her program.

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”:

The full civil action complaint can be read in full here:

Carlson Complaint by Mediaite on Scribd

Three years ago, Carlson let slip during a radio show that pants were not allowed to be worn on the network’s morning show. She took to Twitter moments ago to thank people for their outpouring of support today:

UPDATE –– 6:52 pm EST: 21st Century Fox has announced they’ll be conducting an internal review and Roger Ailes lashed out in a statement tonight saying, “Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract.”

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