Long-time Fox News host, Gretchen Carlson, is suing her former employer because she claims she was fired for denying Roger Aliles’s sexual advances and alleges that she experienced “severe and pervasive harassment” during her tenure with the conservative news network. It turns out that Carlson’s suit might be only the tip of the iceberg as 10 other women have recently contacted Carlson’s attorney with their own stories of harassment.
CNN’s Brian Stelter says he spoke to one of the attorneys involved in Carlson’s suit and he confirmed that the firm has been contact though the women have not joined Carlson’s suit.
‘This is a story that could have big ramifications for Fox News because Ailes has been in charge ever since it launched. You could say he rules the network with an iron fist… And I do wonder if in the days and weeks to come we’ll hear from other women who might corroborate Carlson’s story. In fact, I just spoke with one of the attorneys involved in Carlson’s suit. They say that ten women have called the law firm today, wanting to speak with the law firm because they say they also have stories to share about treatment by Roger Ailes. I want to be careful with that though because that doesn’t mean they are alleging anything, any wrongdoing, and they are not suing, Right now it is only Carlson who is suing.’
Politico has reported that Alies released a statement claiming the suit was in response to Fox’s refusal to renew Carlson’s contract which he claims was terminated due to low ratings. It is also reported that Fox News will launch an investigation of Carlson’s claim, though the company has full faith in Alies.
‘When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit,’ Ailes stated. ‘Ironically, Fox News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11 year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.’
We’ll have more on this story as it continues to develop, but for now you can see Stellter’s full interview below.
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