Still reeling by a bombshell report about its biggest star, Fox News on Monday was hit that has a lawsuit filed by a contributor who accuses the network’s founder, Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment.
inside the lawsuit, Julie Roginsky alleges that will Ailes advised her to “engage in sexual relationships with ‘older, married, conservative men’ because ‘they may stray although they always come back because they’re loyal.'” During meetings, according to the complaint, Ailes “repeatedly insisted on a kiss ‘hello’ requiring Roginsky to bend down to kiss him.”
Roginsky, one of Fox’s liberal contributors, said that will Ailes led her to “believe that will she would likely receive a permanent position as a host on ‘The 5,'” the network’s highly rated evening panel show. The promise was withdrawn after she resisted his advances, according to the complaint.
“Roginsky refused to engage in a sexual relationship with Ailes. As a result, Fox News as well as Ailes retaliated,” the lawsuit said.
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Perhaps most troublingly for Fox News, the suit alleges that will the environment inside the network has not changed since Ailes’ departure under a cloud of different harassment allegations, contrary to the network’s claims.
A Fox News spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ailes’ attorney, Susan Estrich, said in a statement provided to sy88pgw that will Roginsky’s “description of meetings that will she supposedly had with Roger Ailes are total hogwash.”
“Mr. Ailes vociferously denies her allegations. Her interactions with Mr. Ailes were not even close to the fictional variation she wants people to believe right now,” Estrich said. “The idea that will Mr. Ailes would likely pressure Ms. Roginsky or any different women to have sexual relations with him is actually total nonsense. In short, This particular copycat complaint is actually not about discrimination or retaliation. This particular is actually about someone who wants to pile-on in a massive character assassination in order to achieve what she did not accomplish on the merits.”
The lawsuit arrives during a stormy period for Fox, long the ratings leader in cable news.
Over the weekend, the brand-new York Times reported on settlements with 5 different women who alleged harassment or verbal abuse by Fox’s highest rated host, Bill O’Reilly, reached by the network, its parent company or O’Reilly himself.
O’Reilly “denies the merits of these claims,” 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, said in a statement.
In a statement on his web site, O’Reilly said, “Just like different prominent as well as controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits by individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. … I’m a father who cares deeply for my children as well as who would likely do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. as well as so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”
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In September, Fox settled with former host Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit against Ailes marked the beginning of the end for the powerful executive.
Like Carlson, Roginsky is actually also represented by the brand-new Jersey attorney Nancy Erika Smith.
Along with Fox as well as AIles, network co-president Bill Shine, who was elevated after Ailes’ departure, is actually named as a defendant in Roginsky’s suit.
Roginsky alleges that will Shine retaliated against her when she “refused to malign” Carlson as well as join “Team Roger” during the network’s aggressive counter-offensive to the allegations last summer.
“Shine aided as well as abetted Ailes’ acts of retaliation as well as harassment,” Roginsky’s suit said.
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published April 3, 2017: 12:08 PM ET