‘Roger Ailes Did Sexually Harass Me’: Alisyn Camerota Opens Up About Her Time at Fox News
Following the announcement of Fox News star Bill O’Reilly‘s ouster from the network following numerous allegations of sexual harassment, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota opened up about her experiences as a Fox News anchor and the network’s culture of harassment. And in doing so, she dropped a pretty major bombshell.
Appearing on today’s broadcast of CNN’s Reliable Sources, Camerota told host Brian Stelter that O’Reilly’s departure presented the right time to “have the conversation” about Fox News’ culture, especially while former chief Roger Ailes oversaw the network. Ailes left Fox News last summer amid accusations that he had harassed a number of female employees over the years, including ex-Fox host Gretchen Carlson.
“And you said on the air Bill O’Reilly never harassed you,” Stelter stated. “But you didn’t say that about Roger Ailes. Did Roger Ailes ever sexually harass you?”
“Yes,” Camerota answered. “Roger Ailes did sexually harass me.”
She added that Ailes was often “grossly inappropriate with things he would say,” talking about her “body parts” and telling her to give him a “spin.”
Camerota went on to describe an incident when Ailes propositioned her in his office, suggesting that they should work together more closely if she wanted a better opportunity at the network, meaning they’d probably need to get a hotel room together.
“I just went home and I didn’t tell anybody at the time because I was embarrassed,” she noted.
The CNN anchor further stated that Ailes also pressed her to “sound more conservative” while she was at Fox if she wanted to be a “real star.” She acknowledged that the bullying by Ailes over this was the reason she left Fox News.
Regarding how Fox is after the departure of Ailes, Camerota said that she trusts “that the culture has changed” and that the Murdochs are moving quickly to amend what has happened in the wake of the O’Reilly situation.
“I do think the this is a turning point,” she concluded. Stelter then read a statement from Ailes’ attorney denying the ex-Fox News head ever harassed Camerota:
“These are unsubstantiated and false allegations. Mr. Ailes never engaged in the inappropriate conversations she now claims occurred, and he vigorously denies this fictional account of her interactions with him and of Fox News editorial policy.”
In a CNN segment last week, Camerota stated that there was harassment at Fox News when she was there, stating that it was “Roger Ailes’ fiefdom.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN
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