BOMBSHELL: ANOTHER Sex Scandal Rocks Fox News(Updated)
UPDATE(4:30PM): Michelle Fields, writing at HuffPo, with comments from several Fox sources who are not surprised by this news:
Fox News’ on-air talent are unsurprised by the news that former host Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.
“We thought it would happen after she was taken off of Fox and Friends,” said one Fox News source who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “She kept quiet because Roger gave her the afternoon show, but everyone at Fox knew it was eventually coming. He hated her and would tell people that she was ‘a crazy, vindictive bitch.’”
Other sources inside Fox confirmed that Carlson had first threatened to file the lawsuit after Ailes removed her as host of Fox & Friends. But Carlson held off filing a suit when Ailes agreed to give her the afternoon show.
UPDATE (3:11 PM) : Carlson posted a message to her fans on social media:
This is wild. Long time Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was recently fired, and in turn is filing a sexual harrassment suit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. As Politico's Hadas Gold details:
According to the lawyers at Smith Mullin P.C., who are representing Carlson, her contract was terminated on June 23. Fox News did not publicly announce the contract termination, and Carlson said on her Twitter account at the time that she was on “on vacation”.
"I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career,” Carlson said in a statement. “Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace. I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day.”
Gold details some of the allegations made by Carlson:
The complaint was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and claims Ailes made “sexually-charged comments” to Carlson, "ranging from lewd innuendo, ogling and remarks about Ms. Carlson’s body to demands for sex as a way for her to improve her job standing."
“[D]uring a meeting last September in which Ms. Carlson complained about ongoing discriminatory and retaliatory treatment, Mr. Ailes stated, "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," adding that "sometimes problems are easier to solve' that way,” according to Carlson’s lawyers.
On other occasions, the complaint alleges Ailes asked Carlson to "turn around so he could view her posterior, commented repeatedly about her legs, and instructed her to wear certain outfits that he claimed enhanced her figure.” Ailes also allegedly “directed sexist comments” about Carlson in public and announced to others at a industry event that “he had slept with three former Miss Americas, but not with her.”
Carlson is the third high profile female to leave Fox News in the last six months. Former Breitbart columnist Michelle Fields was let go by the network after her tiff with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Former "Outnumbered" host Andrea Tantaros vanished mysteriously from the network on the day her book debuted, and has yet to return.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.