CNN’s Brian Stelter reported on Wednesday that ten women contacted attorneys for former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson after news of Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss media mogul Roger Ailes went public.
I just spoke with one of the attorneys involved in Carlson’s suit,” Stelter said in video posted by Media Matters, adding that the women reached out “because they say they also have stories to share about treatment by Roger Ailes.
Stelter did note that none of the women have yet joined Carlson’s lawsuit against the 76-year-old mogul.
In her lawsuit, Carlson alleges that Ailes fired her after she refused his sexual advances and objected to what she described as “severe and pervasive harassment” over the course of her 11-year career at Fox News Channel.
Stelter also noted that neither Ailes or Fox have commented on the suit, nor has the network covered her allegations.
This is a story that could have big ramifications for Fox News because Ailes has been in charge ever since it launched,” he said. “You could say he rules the network with an iron fist. And he is beloved by a lot of staffers there, but he is not known for being politically correct.
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Author Gabriel Sherman wrote a book about Ailes titled The Loudest Voice In the Room. The New York Times wrote of an anecdote that took place during a contract negotiation in the 1980’s in which Ailes offered Randi Harrison, a TV producer, an additional $100 a week if she would agree to have sex with him anytime he wanted.
Given his reputation, it wouldn’t be surprising if the number of women coming forward continues to grow.
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