Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has sued the network’s president, Roger Ailes, claiming that he fired her after she rebuffed his sexual advances.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday morning, the former daytime host says the Fox News mastermind repeatedly harassed and demeaned her with “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment before she was officially fired on June 23—the final day of her contract.
According to the lawsuit, Ailes tried to convince Carlson to sleep with him “by various means,” including the inclusion of “sexual and/or sexist comments” into everyday conversation. Last September, the 76-year-old executive allegedly told her: “I think you and I 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.”
“Sometimes problems are easier to solve that way,” Ailes purportedly added.
Carlson also claimed that Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy harassed her as well:
Carlson claims in her complaint that Ailes called her a 'man hater' and accused her of wanting to 'show up the boys' when she complained about what she alleges was diminishing treatment and 'pervasive sexual harassment' by her Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy.
Doocy also 'created a hostile work environment by regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way, including by putting his hand on her and pulling down her arm to shush her during a live telecast,' claims the complaint.
These complaints about Doocy are why she was fired from the marquee show in 2013 and placed as the host of her own afternoon show, claims Carlson in her complaint.
So I guess the next logical question to ask is will this open a floodgate of sexual harassment charges against Fox News?
And if not does that mean that the other female hosts such as Megyn Kelly, Andrea Tantaros, and Martha MacCallum, did NOT get sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, or did they acquiesce to his requests?
And if it is the latter does that explain how this unqualified moron ended up with a million dollar contact?
Update: The Huffington Post is saying that Gretchen Carlson is not the only one and that many others have been sexually harassed by Ailes:
“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 fuck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera,” the employee said.
Yep, that's what we thought.
Update 2: At least ten more women have contacted Carlson's attorney now.