A HUGE scandal involving ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and company CEO Roger Ailes is blowing up!
Carlson was recently fired from the news channel and is making damning accusations about why she was let go. If even half of these accusations are true, Fox News is in BIG trouble!
The complaint was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and claims Ailes made “sexually-charged comments” to Carlson, “ranging from lewd innuendo, ogling and remarks about Ms. Carlson’s body to demands for sex as a way for her to improve her job standing.”
“[D]uring a meeting last September in which Ms. Carlson complained about ongoing discriminatory and retaliatory treatment, Mr. Ailes stated, “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,” according to Carlson’s lawyers.
On other occasions, the complaint alleges Ailes asked Carlson to “turn around so he could view her posterior, commented repeatedly about her legs, and instructed her to wear certain outfits that he claimed enhanced her figure.” Ailes also allegedly “directed sexist comments” about Carlson in public and announced to others at a industry event that “he had slept with three former Miss Americas, but not with her.”
The complaint goes on to allege that Carlson was fired from “Fox & Friends” in 2013 because she complained about co-host Steve Doocy’s actions. Ailes, the complaint alleges, mocked Carlson and told her to stop being offended “so God damned easy.” Though she was moved to host her own show in the afternoon hour, the complaint alleges that the move was a demotion and that Ailes “reduced her compensation and withheld network support and promotion for her show.”
“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,” Nancy Erika Smith, employment litigator at Smith Mullin P.C., who is representing Carlson, said in a statement.
Wow. This is outrageous. Accusations like this are extremely serious and should be treated as such. No doubt Ailes and Fox News will respond to these allegations soon. The accusations go beyond Ailes. She also accuses Steve Doocy and several unnamed male co-workers of discrimination and harassment. But what will be most interesting is what else will come out as this legal situation unfolds.
What does this mean for Fox News? Do you believe Carlson’s accusations? Share your thoughts in the comments.