Update, July 10, 10:03 a.m.: This story has been updated with a statement from Roger Ailes's attorney.
In a pattern that has become all too familiar after the allegations against Bill Cosby, at least six more women have come forward to accuse Fox News president Roger Ailes of sexually harassing them.
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against the media mogul has prompted closer scrutiny of Ailes, most notably accounts of sexual harassment chronicled in Gabriel Sherman's book on him, The Loudest Voice in the Room.
Sherman now has an article in New York magazine with six first-hand accounts of Ailes acting extremely inappropriately toward women—coercing them to engage in a sexual relationship with him, exposing himself to them, and sabotaging their careers when they reject him.
The accounts are harrowing. Here are excerpts from some of the stories.
Kellie Boyle, 54, a former field advisor for the Republican National Committee, said Ailes propositioned her in a car after a professional dinner in 1989.
So we get in the car and that's when [Ailes] said, 'You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.' I was so taken aback. I said, 'Gosh I didn't know that. How would that work?' I was trying to kill time because I didn't know if he was going to attack me. I was just talking until I could get out of the car. He said, 'That's the way it works,' and he started naming other women he's had. He said that's how all these men in media and politics work — everyone's got their friend. I said, 'Would I have to be friends with anybody else?' And he said, 'Well you might have to give a blowjob every once in a while.'
Boyle declined, and a friend later told her that she was essentially blackballed in the industry. "'Word went out you weren't to be hired," her friend said.
Marsha Callahan, 73, was a model in the 1960s when Ailes was producing The Mike Douglas Show. She was sent to Ailes, who requested she wear a garter belt and stockings instead of pantyhose, for a casting.
[Ailes] said, 'If your legs look good in a garter belt, I'll know you have great legs.' So I go into his office and right away he says, 'Sit on the sofa and lift your skirt up.' I had to do these different poses. And then, I recall very clearly, he said he'd put me on the show but I needed to go to bed with him. I was a really shy girl, but I was a little cheeky so I said, 'Oh yeah, you and who else?' And he said, 'Only me and a few of my select friends.' I said, 'Well, if you think I have star quality and you can make money off my looks, I don't think it'd matter if I went to bed with you or not.'
Another model, who wants to remain anonymous, said that when she was 16 and on a casting in 1967, Ailes locked his office door and exposed his genitals, which were "red like raw hamburger," and instructed her to "kiss them." After she refused, he chased her around the office before letting her go.
A former model/actress, who was 30 at the time, said that when she had an appointment with Ailes, he gave her a garter belt and stockings and told her to put them on, and then a sexual encounter took place. "I felt I was being used for his sexual satisfaction. I felt very threatened."
The other two stories give similar accounts. Carlson responded to the article on Twitter.
Update: Barry Asen, an attorney for Ailes, issued the following statement: "It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue. The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false."
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