On Monday, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the network became public.
The lawsuit states that Ailes offered Roginsky a position on “The Five” in exchange for a sexual relationship. Rognisky declined the offer.
Other counts of inappropriate behaviors included Ailes inquiring about her relationships, suggesting that she pursue sexual relationships with “older, married, conservative men,” speaking inappropriately about other female employees, and offering other comments that suggested he was interested in a sexual relationship.
Roginsky’s lawsuit also reports instances of retaliation after denying his advances. Roginsky was pulled as a contributor on “The Five” and placed on “Outnumbered,” but was not allowed to lead her own segments. She also feared verbal attacks, as was custom for the other women who reported harassment.
Roginsky is being represented by Nancy Erika Smith, who also represented Carlson.
Susan Estrich, Ailes’ attorney, informed Business Insider that Ailes denied the allegations.
“Her interactions with Mr. Ailes were not even close to the fictional version she wants people to believe now,” Estrich asserted. She also said that it was “total nonsense” to suggest that Ailes would pressure Roginsky or any other woman to participate in sexual relations.
Though Ailes has since stepped down, seemingly with very little financial impact, Fox News’ woes are not yet over.
Several days before, it was also discovered that the network and host Bill O’Reilly paid $13 million total in settlements to five women who claimed instances of sexual harassment. The harassment included “verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating.”
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