Former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson is suing Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, alleging that she was fired for rebuffing his sexual advances and protesting unequal treatment of women at Fox:
The 8-page lawsuit against Ailes was filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey, and can be seen in full over at Gawker. Several reporters have tweeted excerpts of allegations made in the complaint, which include claims of sexual harassment by Carlson's former Fox & Friends co-anchor Steve Doocy, Ailes himself, and discriminatory treatment of women:
Carlson was allegedly fired from Fox on July 23, which The Daily Beast reports was the final day of her contract. " According to the complaint, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Carlson expressed concern over the harassment to Ailes, who allegedly said, "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."
"After learning of Carlson's complaints, Ailes responded by calling Carlson a 'man hater' and 'killer' and telling her that she needed to learn to 'get along with the boys'... her complaints [also] led to being assigned fewer hard-hitting political interviews. She says she was fired from Fox & Friends in 2013, and after being reassigned, claims [she was] tormented by Ailes' sexual comments and innuendo. Ailes allegedly told her that she saw everything as if it 'only rains on women' and admonished her to stop worrying about equal treatment and getting 'offended so God damn easy about everything.'"
On Wednesday, Carlson posted a statement to her Facebook followers saying, "As you may have heard, I am no longer with Fox News. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me."
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