Fox News has found themselves embroiled in yet another scandal as long-time contributor Julie Roginsky has filed a sexual harassment suit against the company.
Business Insider reported:
Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky on Monday filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against Fox News, the network’s copresident, and its former chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes.
The explosive complaint, filed in New York State Supreme Court, accused Ailes of making a regular hosting spot on “The Five” contingent on Roginsky having a sexual relationship with Ailes, which the lawsuit said she refused. The lawsuit alleges it prompted the ex-Fox News chief to retaliate against her.
The lawsuit further alleged that the company’s copresident Bill Shine “aided and abetted the discrimination” by “failing to take reasonable measures to protect Roginsky from, and condoning, the unlawful conduct.”
The lawsuit said Ailes would request one-on-one meetings with Roginsky and “frequently steer” the conversations to her personal and romantic life, recommending she should engage in sexual relationships with older, conservative men. Ailes, the lawsuit said, also “remarked that he was loyal but that loyalty was a two-way street.”
“These comments and their delivery made it clear that Ailes wanted a sexual relationship with Roginsky,” the lawsuit read.
Roginsky, a well known left-wing contributor on the network, did not get a permanent spot on “The Five,” which her lawsuit alleged was “in retaliation” for her “rejection of Ailes’ sexual advances in the summer of 2015.”
According to the lawsuit, the retaliation didn’t end there. Roginsky was a frequent guest on the program “Outnumbered,” and the suit alleged that further retaliation from the network resulted in “rarely allowing her to host her own segments on ‘Outnumbered’” and declining to offer her a permanent position on the show’s panel.
Roginsky is reportedly seeking compensatory and punitive damages in her lawsuit.
Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s attorney in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, Nancy Erika Smith, is now representing Roginsky in hers.
“We look forward to a public trial in front of a jury in New York City,” Smith said.
Susan Estrich, Ailes’ attorney, gave a statement to Business Insider in which she described Roginsky’s claims as “total hogwash.”
“Mr. Ailes vociferously denies her allegations,” Estrich said. “Her interactions with Mr. Ailes were not even close to the fictional version she wants people to believe now.”
Estrich added: “The idea that Mr. Ailes would pressure Ms. Roginsky or any other women to have sexual relations with him is total nonsense.”
“In short, this copycat complaint is not about discrimination or retaliation,” Estrich said. “This is about someone who wants to pile-on in a massive character assassination in order to achieve what she did not accomplish on the merits.”
Roginsky’s lawsuit comes after Ailes’ departure from the network in 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations that he denied.
It also comes on the heels of the reports of a multi-million dollar settlement in regard to alleged sexual harassment claims against Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, including two that the New York Times claimed were waged after Ailes’ departure.
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