Gretchen Carlson found herself unemployed the last week of June. She has since filed sexual harassment charges against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Carlson claims that Ailes suggested that the two of them engage in a sexual relationship as a way to solve any differences that they may have. A little “quid pro quo” as it were.
“I think you and 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,” Ailes is alleged to have said to Carlson. “Sometimes problems are easier to solve [that way].”
Carlson says that she refused his demands and has suffered professionally because of it. She believes that Ailes reduced her air-time and blocked her from appearing as a substitute host during primetime in retaliation.
A memo written by Ailes has surfaced that could blow her lawsuit out of the water. In the memo, Ailes says that they should give Carlson another chance. In it, he details options for Carlson to give her more air-time. A thank you letter from Carlson to Ailes has also surfaced.
Chicks on the Right reports:
Gretchen Carlson’s career at Fox News ended June 23, and she subsequently filed a sexual harassment charge against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
Ailes allegedly asked Carlson for sexual favors during a meeting last September.
“I think you and 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. “Sometimes problems are easier to solve [that way].”
Carlson said she refused his demands and believes he retaliated by “severely curtailing her appearances as a guest commentator on prime time shows,” along with “blocking her from appearing as a substitute host on prime time or daytime panel shows.”
“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,” Carlson said in a statement. “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.”