After the tales of Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, and Bill O’Reilly, it appeared that things could not get any worse for Fox News. Now, Julie Roginsky has come forward with disturbing details that have plunged the network into deeper levels of sexual harassment turmoil.
Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky has filed another blockbuster lawsuit against the network, claiming that she was offered a major promotion under one condition. Raw Story reports:
According to the suit, “Fox News and Ailes discriminated against Roginsky… by making her deserved promotion to a regular spot hosting The Five contingent upon having a sexual relationship with Ailes.”
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In the words of New York Mag, “The post-scandal nightmare at Fox News continues.” In addition to the allegations regarding her potential promotion on The Five, Roginsky says that she was demoted after rebuffing the advances of former network boss Roger Ailes. She alleges that the current management team also denied her job opportunities after she blew the whistle on Ailes. The suit also names Fox News’ co-president Bill Shine as a defendant.
Roginsky’s account of sexual harassment at the hands of Ailes is consistent with that of other women who have also accused him. In most cases, the harassment is said to have occurred during private meetings in Ailes office.
She claims that during these meetings, Ailes steered the conversation to sex, and asked her “if she was dating anyone” and didn’t understand “why she was still single since she was so attractive.” Roginsky also alleges that Ailes told her to have sex with “older, married, conservative men” because “they may stray but they always come back because they’re loyal.” He allegedly added that he himself was “loyal” but he regarded loyalty as a “two-way street.” She also describes how Ailes insisted on a kiss hello but would not get up from his office chair, so that Roginsky would have to bend down. This allowed Ailes to allegedly “look down Roginsky’s dress.” (During these meetings, he also allegedly disparaged Fox female talent, once remarking Kimberly Guilfoyle would “get on her knees for anyone.”) [Source: New York Mag]
Reportedly, Ailes even told her, “Since being seen in public together would get us into trouble maybe we could just do it privately in my office instead, so no one would know…”
Perhaps, the most damaging allegation for Fox is the claim that management was unwilling to investigate the harassment claims. Ailes is in trouble, and those who are now in charge may not be far behind him.