Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed an explosive lawsuit against Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes accusing him of sexual harassment.
Carlson, the 1989 Miss America, had been working for Fox News for 11 years. She was let go on June 23 when her contract expired.
Carlson was host of the morning show Fox and Friends and accused co-host Steve Doocy in 2009 of discriminating against her because she was a woman. She reported the situation to Fox News supervisors and Ailes called her a “man hater” and “killer” and she needed to learn “to get along with the boys.”
The suit also claims Ailes retaliated against her after she refused to sleep with him and sought to sabotage her career.
Ailes is one of the most powerful men in New York as head of Fox News, the leading cable news network, and Fox Television Stations Group. He also served as a consultant to President George H.W. Bush.
In a statement released yesterday, FOX News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes said: “Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit. Ironically, FOX News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11 year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”
21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, issued the following statement:
The Company has seen the allegations against Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy. We take these matters seriously. While we have full confidence in Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades, we have commenced an internal review of the matter.
Below is the lawsuit filed in Superior Court of Bergen County, NJ.