Gretchen Carlson is the former co-host of the morning talk show “Fox & Friends” who made media headlines after filing a lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment and retaliation.
Below are her accusations against Ailes:
‘5. Ailes retaliated against Carlson in various ways, as described below, including terminating her employment on June 23, 2016, and prior thereto, by among other things, ostracizing, marginalizing, and shunning her after making clear to her that these “problems” would not have existed, and could be solved, if she had a sexual relationship with him.
‘6. When Carlson met with Ailes to discuss the discriminatory treatment to which she was being subjected, Ailes stated: “I think you and I should have a sexual relationship and then you’d be good and better and then I’d be good and better,” adding that “sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way. Carlson rebuffed Ailes’ sexual demands at that meeting, and nine months later, Ailes ended her career at Fox News.’
As if that weren’t enough, now Carlson’s lawyer claims she’s received a multitude of calls and emails from other women who claim they’ve been sexually harassed by Ailes as well.
Carlson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, told NYMag:
‘He’s the Bill Cosby of media.’
She continued, saying:
‘My office is being deluged with calls and website contacts from women. I don’t even have a count anymore … Women as young as 16 who said he demanded oral sex. Another said during an interview that he said, “Take off your bra.” She was devastated.’
There haven’t been any women who’ve gone on record to solidify their accusations yet, but Smith says she’s forwarding the names of women who agreed to be interviewed to journalists.
According to reports from CNN, Carlson’s attorney wants to subpoena Judith Regan, another Fox News employee, to testify against Ailes:
Breaking: Gretchen Carlson's lawyers say they intend to subpoena Judith Regan to testify… https://t.co/8N8IAkiEJP
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 7, 2016
Bloomberg Politics combined a supercut of various sexist remarks Carlson’s “Fox & Friends” co-hosts made to her on air. Imagine having such vulgar, demeaning language hurled at you in front of millions of viewers, and better yet, not being able to do anything about it because your boss is just as disgusting. Here’s to hoping Carlson gets the justice she deserves.
Watch the clip below, via YouTube:
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) July 6, 2016
Carlson has taken to social media to shed light on her case and for other women who may be going through the same kind of workplace sexual harassment. The hashtag #StandWithGretchen is being used in an effort to demonstrate solidarity:
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) July 8, 2016
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