Fox News host and author Gretchen Carlson has filed a “sexual harassment” and “retaliation” lawsuit against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: (L-R) Fox & Friends hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on July 19, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images
The complaint reportedly states, “Carlson rebuffed Ailes’ sexual demands… and, nine months later, ended her career.” The complaint also accuses Ailes of making "sexual advances by various means."
Carlson was terminated from Fox News on June 23. She most recently hosted “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” on Fox News and was the former co-host of the popular morning show "Fox & Friends."
CNN reporter Tom Kludt posted what appeared to be an email detailing the complaint.
“I think you an 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,” Mr. Alies allegedly told Carlson in a meeting last September, during which she tried to discuss ongoing discriminatory treatment. “Sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way, added Mr. Ailes, according to the complaint. It also accuses Mr. Ailes of frequent sexually-charged comments and conduct and that he called Ms. Carlson a “man hater” who tried to “show up the boys.”
Wow. Gretchen Carlson files sexual harassment suit against Fox News chief Roger Ailes. https://t.co/OIdSd3Xk5f— Tom Kludt (@Tom Kludt) 1467817849.0
Shortly after the news broke, Carlson confirmed her firing from Fox News and lawsuit 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,” she said in the statement, first reported by Politico. “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.”
TheBlaze has reached out to Fox News for comment.
Read the full complaint, filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, here.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes responded to Carlson's lawsuit, saying her allegations are "false." Read his full statement here.