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Gretchen Carlson, a longtime presence on Fox News Channel, said Tuesday she had filed a lawsuit alleging the top executive at the network, Roger Ailes, made sexual advances on her and ended her career at the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet after she rebuffed him.


A Fox News Channel spokesperson could not be reached for immediate comment.

Carlson, who was a co-anchor at “Fox & Friends” and who more recently anchored a daytime program, “The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson,” alleged in the lawsuit, filed in Superior Court of New Jersey, that she was removed from “Fox & Friends” in 2013 after she complained about behavior by co-host Steve Doocy, and was moved to an afternoon program as a way to diminish her presence at the network. Carlson alleged she was terminated on June 23 after her current contract elapsed.

“We believe that the evidence will confirm that Gretchen was fired from ‘Fox & Friends’ for speaking up about demeaning and discriminatory behavior on and off the set,” said Nancy Erika Smith, an employment litigator at Smith Mullin P.C., a Montclair, N.J., firm that is representing Carlson, in a prepared statement.

Carlson confirmed via Twitter that she is no longer with the network, which she joined in June 2005.

“Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace,” Carlson said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day.”

The lawsuit threatens to draw more scrutiny to the most-watched TV-news network on cable, which has made headlines in recent months for the role it has played during the current election cycle. Fox News has battled with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for U.S. president, and garnered attention for the way in which another prominent female anchor, Megyn Kelly, has drawn his ire during a televised debate among that party’s candidates. Allegations of a sexually charged environment at Fox News have surfaced in the past, such as in the recent Gabriel Sherman book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” an account of how Ailes built Fox News.

Carlson alleged she was fired after rebuking sexual advances by Ailes and after trying to challenge the way that male colleagues treated her. She alleged that Ailes propositioned her sexually after she met with him last September to discuss discriminatory treatment. In one of the most inflammatory accusations, Carlson alleged Ailes 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,” adding that “sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way. The lawsuit contends that in retaliation for Carlson’s complaints about the alleged harassment and discrimination, Ailes denied her “fair compensation, desirable assignments and other career-enhancing opportunities,” before eventually terminating her employment.

The lawsuit also cites alleged incidents involving Doocy, who allegedly “engaged in a pattern of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson, including, but not limited to, mocking her during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show and generally attempting to put her in her place,” according to the suit.

In response to learning of Carlson’s complaints, Carlson’s lawsuit alleges, Ailes purportedly responded by calling Carlson a “man hater” and telling her she needed to learn to “get along with the boys.”

The lawsuit cites examples of Ailes’ alleged sexual and sexist comments, including claims that Ailes engaged in “ogling Carlson in his office and asking her to turn around so he could view her posterior,” “commenting repeatedly about Carlson’s legs,” and “claiming that Carlson saw everything as if it ‘only rains on women’ and admonishing her to stop worrying about being treated equally and ‘getting offended so God damn easy about everything.'”
Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual-Harassment Suit Against Fox News Chief Roger Ailes | Variety

Time for the right to turn on Gretchen Carlson.
You know what they say about the right and their women. Can't have them stepping off the reservation...
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Time for the right to turn on Gretchen Carlson.
You know what they say about the right and their women. Can't have them stepping off the reservation...
I'm not so sure the right will turn on Gretchen. She is well respected and has more presence than the man behind the scenes at Fox. I see it more likely that FOX viewers will expect the truth to appear before they make judgments.

It's not that I elevate FOX viewers as much as my experience with those who prefer to watch MSNBC.
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Fox conducting review of Roger Ailes after Gretchen Carlson sexual harassment lawsuit - Jul. 6, 2016

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Ailes said in a Wednesday evening statement that the 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," he said.
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Carlson's attorney Nancy Erika Smith, of the firm Smith Mullin, told CNNMoney that the lawsuit "didn't begin with her termination."
Smith asserted that Ailes' harassment was "very consistent and very pervasive."
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Smith emphasized that Carlson is only suing Ailes, not the network, but the lawsuit also describes "sexist" treatment from a fellow Fox host, Steve Doocy.

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Just before Ailes spoke out, his bosses -- Rupert Murdoch and the two Murdoch sons who run 21st Century Fox -- issued a corporate statement.
"The Company has seen the allegations against Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy," the statement said. "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."
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Just before Ailes spoke out, his bosses -- Rupert Murdoch and the two Murdoch sons who run 21st Century Fox -- issued a corporate statement.
"The Company has seen the allegations against Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy," the statement said. "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."
Funny how they threw in a "full confidence" statement for the two men.
Gretchen and her service? Meh...

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I'm not so sure the right will turn on Gretchen. She is well respected and has more presence than the man behind the scenes at Fox. I see it more likely that FOX viewers will expect the truth to appear before they make judgments.

It's not that I elevate FOX viewers as much as my experience with those who prefer to watch MSNBC.
the younger people will take over from the old guys and it will change. otherwise there will be multiple lawsuits and cost billions in legal fees and payouts. also bad publicity. things like this dont happen as isolated incidents. so...yeah the kids will pull the plug on it and maybe it will be a better organization
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Gretchen, much like most of the women on FOX is not a bimbo. She is an accomplished person in her own right. It will be interesting to see if more of the ladies on that network come forward to support Gretchen or Roger.

Megyn Kelly, where are YOU on this?
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the younger people will take over from the old guys and it will change. otherwise there will be multiple lawsuits and cost billions in legal fees and payouts. also bad publicity. things like this dont happen as isolated incidents. so...yeah the kids will pull the plug on it and maybe it will be a better organization
I have no argument with what you are saying but;

Again your non sequitur response to what I posted totally confuses.

Gretchen has a very high reputation for professional integrity amoung FOX viewers. Roger Ailes,,, not so much. And THAT is the issue FI66 pointed out to which I responded.
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I have no argument with what you are saying but;

Again your non sequitur response to what I posted totally confuses.

Gretchen has a very high reputation for professional integrity amoung FOX viewers. Roger Ailes,,, not so much. And THAT is the issue FI66 pointed out to which I responded.
If you wonder at my statement that Fox may become a better company: I said that because that often happens when companies face lawsuits -Toyota for instance. In FoxNews' case, they don't allow the female employees to wear slacks and other nineteen-fortyish regulations. Plus the disrespect toward women is often overlooked according to the essence of Ms Carlson's complaints.
It's a joke in other news circles that the blond theme on FN is Ailes' version of 'soft porn'. And no modern company wants those kinds of accusations even jokingly.
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If you wonder at my statement that Fox may become a better company: I said that because that often happens when companies face lawsuits -Toyota for instance. In FoxNews' case, they don't allow the female employees to wear slacks and other nineteen-fortyish regulations. Plus the disrespect toward women is often overlooked according to the essence of Ms Carlson's complaints.
It's a joke in other news circles that the blond theme on FN is Ailes' version of 'soft porn'. And no modern company wants those kinds of accusations even jokingly.
No, I wonder at what you said in response to what I posted.

And this posting of yours also has nothing to do with what I said. Much less the subject of the OP.

This case is about Roger Ailes possibly engaged in sexual harassment. It is also about the reputation of his accuser.

It is not about Toyota or dress codes.
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No, I wonder at what you said in response to what I posted.

And this posting of yours also has nothing to do with what I said. Much less the subject of the OP.

This case is about Roger Ailes possibly engaged in sexual harassment. It is also about the reputation of his accuser.

It is not about Toyota or dress codes.
So my assessment is in how Fox will most likely handle this. Ailes almost certainly did sexually harass Carlson. I would be very, VERY surprised if she turned out to be lying on this. And yes I expect more ladies to come out on this unless they are paid off in enormous amounts. And then there are women who can't stomach selling out to leeches. I am just making the assessment that even if there is not much to it, Fox will undergo some changes.
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