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Carlson Suit Alleges Sexual Harassment At Fox

| by Jordan Smith
Gretchen Carlson during interview on Fox & FriendsGretchen Carlson during interview on Fox & Friends

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has alleged she was sexually harassed by Fox Chairman Roger Ailes during her 11 years at the station.

Anonymous sources at Fox told the Huffington Post that Carlson was not the first and only victim.

“We thought it would happen after she was taken off of ‘Fox & Friends’,” a source said of the lawsuit, Huffington Post reported. “She kept quiet because Roger gave her the afternoon show, but everyone at Fox knew it was eventually coming. He hated her and would tell people that she was ‘a crazy, vindictive bitch’.”

Carlson hosted the morning show ‘Fox & Friends’ from 2006 until 2013. Anonymous sources reported that Carlson planned to file the suit earlier but dropped it after Ailes gave her the afternoon show.

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Carlson alleged in her suit that Ailes made fun of her for complaining about unequal treatment and demoted her to the afternoon show as punishment. Ailes also allegedly asked Carlson to “turn around so he could view her posterior.”

She further suggested that Ailes said to her in September 2015 that they “should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better,” reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Ailes was accused by another female employee of saying she could only wear a dress on air.

“He always brags to people about how he doesn’t do polling or testing when he chooses his on-air talent. He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he’d ask himself if he would f*** her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera,” the anonymous female Fox employee told the Huffington Post. “He then said if it was a man he’d think about whether he’d sit down for a baseball game with him and not get annoyed of him. If he could, then he’d hire him.”

Fox did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Carlson’s suit goes on to allege that her firing from the station June 23 was because she rejected Ailes’ sexual advances.

In her memoir in 2015, Carlson alleged that other former colleagues had sexually harassed her.

“Sexual harassment can really affect you for a long time and I want more women to come forward,” she told the Star Tribune at the time.

Sources: Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune / Photo credit: Politifact

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