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Jul 7, 2016

Fox boss sued for sexual harassment

Fox news anchor Gretchen Carlson says Fox fired her because she would not sleep with Roger Ailes.

Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is suing Fox CEO Roger Ailes for "very consistent and very pervasive" sexual harassment. Carlson's 2pm show was dropped from the lineup last month. The network alleges it's because her show had low ratings, but she says it's because she refused Ailes' sexual advances. Ailes said in a statement:
"This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. 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."
But according to CNN, Carlson's suit alleges that Ailes propositioned her and dropped her show when she refused him:
"It alleges that Ailes repeatedly "injected sexual and/or sexist comments" into conversations; made 'sexual advances by various means;' and said to her last September, 'I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better.'"

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