In her first interview since filing a lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson said she wants to work toward a “safer environment” for women to report sexual harassment.
ABC's "Good Morning America" aired a preview Thursday morning of Carlson’s full interview, which will air Friday on the network's "20/20."
Carlson detailed two incidents of sexual harassment that she said took place after she was crowned Miss America in 1989 and was trying to break into the television news business.
“I think to a certain part, yeah, you think, I must have done something,” she said. “When situations like that happen to women, you fear that it's going to be your fault, you're not going to be believed. You're going to lose your job.”
Carlson said she hopes sharing her story will encourage women who have had similar experiences to come forward.
“I don't think we should judge women if they have waited, because look at how we react to women when they finally do come forward,” she said. “They're accused of making it up. We have to make it a safer environment so that it's no longer ‘he said/she said’ but maybe just ‘she said.’”