In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, former Fox News Channel chairman Roger Ailes has been accused again of sexual harassment, this time by a paid political commentator who said Ailes led her to believe that she would receive a big promotion if she complied with his advances.
Former Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky alleges in her lawsuit that, while working with Fox News, she was approached by Ailes, who continually told her she was attractive, asked her to join him for drinks, and invited her to his office, where he said they would be able to avoid attention from others at the network. She also alleges that he told her she should date older men, including married men. When she declined, she was denied the anticipated promotion to host of Fox’s evening show The Five. Roginsky also names the current president of Fox-Bill Shine; Fox’s general counsel Dianne Brandi; and a number of other executives she says knew about the harassment, but either covered it up or ignored it.
This, however, is not the first allegation of sexual harassment by a female Fox employee involving alleged wrongful conduct by Ailes. Journalists Laurie Dhue and Megyn Kelly filed previous lawsuits. Furthermore, the allegations of sexual harassment tied to Fox aren’t limited to Ailes. Fox has acknowledged making more than $13 million in payments to settle sexual harassment complaints by female employees against talk show host Bill O’Reilly. A recent lawsuit by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros alleges that she was sexually harassed by both O’Reilly and Ailes.
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