Summary: Seven women have come forward with claims of sexual harassment against Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes.
Former Fox host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and retaliation. Now six more women have come forward saying they have experienced the same treatment from Ailes across several decades.
New York Magazine scored an interview with the women, four of which are using anonymous names, described the encounters they faced with Ailes. All women claim, with the counsel of Carlsonâs attorney, that he made sexual advances towards them.
The women include a former Republican National Committee field adviser, a media consultant, former TV producer, and three former models. The dates of their encounter range from the late 60âs to 1989. Marsha Callahan, a former model, alleges that she auditioned for a part on The Mike Douglas Show in the late 60âs. Ailes said she could have a part if he slept with her a few âselect friends.â She declined but still got a part on the show. Former RNC field adviser Kellie Boyle alleges that she interviewed for a job but did not receive it because she would not perform sexual favors for Ailes.
Outside council for Ailes, Barry Aspen said, âIt has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue. The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.â
In a statement provided by Carlsonâs attorneys Nancy Erika Smith and Martin Hyman, they said that Ailes and his attorney asked for other victims to come forward so they did but now deny their claims after only three hours of the allegations being released. The statement continued, âWomen have the right to speak out â whether Ailes likes it or not â even about trauma they endured years ago and that haunts them to this day. Calling these women liars because they chose to speak out is despicable. Bullying and threats will not silence these brave women.â
Several women, prominent Fox figures, are coming to the defense of Ailes. They claim that they have never experienced the hint of an attitude from Ailes that the women are alleging. Greta Van Susteren said, âIf Roger Ailes were how heâs described, thereâs no way I wouldâve stuck around. I donât feel like putting up with that stuff and I wouldnât.â
There was an arbitration clause in Carlsonâs contract with Fox so Ailesâ attorneys are seeking to move the case into arbitration.
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