Fox host Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Ailes for sexual harassment, retaliation

Brian Stetler at CNN is reporting that Fox News host and author Gretchen Carlson is filing a sexual harassment  and retaliation suit against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

Carlson herself confirmed the story via Twitter:

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Stetler has a copy of the complaint:

I’m reading the Gretchen Carlson complaint now. It says “Carlson rebuffed Ailes’ sexual demands… and, nine months later, ended her career.”

There’s now more from Michelle Fields at HuffPo:

Another Fox News employee, who also asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said that Ailes told her that she could only wear dresses on-air. She also described a story that Ailes often tells about how he chooses his on-air talent.

“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*ck her, and if he would, then he’d hire her to be on-camera,” the source said. “He then said if it was a man he’d think about whether he could sit down for a baseball game with him and not get annoyed of him. If he could, then he’d hire him.”

It’s interesting that Carlson went public. That says to me that she may have tried to settle this privately, and Fox balked. Thus the need to go public.

Judd Legum at ThinkProgress has the complaint as well:

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An older HuffPo story from 2013 becomes far more interesting in this context. Carlson had claimed that women were not permitted to wear pants on the Fox set:

“Nobody’s going to recognize me because not only am I dressed casually, I have on pants! Now, pants were not allowed on ‘Fox & Friends,’ remember?”

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11 Responses to “Fox host Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Ailes for sexual harassment, retaliation”

  1. dcinsider says:

    Perhaps the least sympathetic plaintiff in litigation history.

  2. Demosthenes says:

    Somewhere, Bill O’Reilly is breathing a sigh of relief . . .

  3. Houndentenor says:

    I wondered what was up when Carlson took a stand opposite the rest of the network talking heads. Well played, Gretchen. She had her ducks in a row it seems. Not only did she document everything but there are already a dozen other women with similar stories. Fox will settle this by the end of the month. They will also not lose a single viewer no matter what information comes out from this.

  4. Houndentenor says:

    There’s one show in particular that has one letchy looking old dude surrounded by about a half dozen attractive blond women. It’s been clear how the network viewed women from the beginning, not that any of the networks are all that great. (Shows with roundtables tend to have one token women on the panel. Shows with mostly women are on during the daytime and often include panelists who are embarrassingly stupid.)

  5. quax says:

    But he always seemed like such a *nice* guy …

  6. SL Abrin says:

    Roger knew she wouldn’t sleep with him. He wanted her out of the way to make room for some fresher titties. Suck getting old, sugar.

    The wealthy and powerful do what they want and get away with it. Roger Ailes will, too. Perhaps poor Gretchen will finally understand the crimes to which she was complicit all these years.

  7. Badgerite says:

    That explains Sarah Palin as VP. God, the GOP really has a hard time seeing women as people.
    Amazing.

  8. BeccaM says:

    There’s a long-known factoid about Fox news, that they have a rule against their on-air women ever wearing anything but above-the-knee skirts. Many of their sets are designed not for the comfort of the talent, but so that these women have to sit on furniture with their legs either tightly clamped together or crossed for the entire duration of the broadcast. Most times, these women are wearing what are basically party or cocktail dresses.

    The men are always wearing business suits. Without exception.

  9. Tulle Christensen says:

    Something needs to be done about those damn hetros. Do they have no control? Next thing you know they will want equal rights

  10. Quilla says:

    Can’t say this is much of a surprise considering the predator.

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