Fox News contributor files explosive sexual-harassment lawsuit against network and ex-CEO Roger Ailes – Business Insider


Julie Roginsky
Julie Roginsky.
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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 said.

Roginsky, a high-profile liberal contributor on Fox News, was
never given a permanent hosting position on “The Five.” The
lawsuit said it was “in retaliation” for her “rejection of Ailes’
sexual advances in the summer of 2015.”

Roginsky also said in the lawsuit that she was subject to
additional retaliation, including “rarely allowing her to host
her own segments on ‘Outnumbered,'” a show on which she
frequently appeared. The lawsuit alleged she was also not
selected for a permanent position on the show as a result of
additional retaliation.

The lawsuit from Roginsky seeks compensatory and punitive
damages.

“We look forward to a public trial in front of a jury in New York
City,” said her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, who also represented
former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson
in her sexual-harassment lawsuit
against Ailes.

Susan Estrich, Ailes’ attorney, dismissed Roginsky’s
allegations as “total hogwash” in a statement provided to
Business Insider.

“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 continued: “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 concluded. “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.”

A representative for Fox News did not immediately respond to
a request for comment.

The lawsuit was filed just days after an investigation from The
New York Times found Fox News and host Bill O’Reilly had
paid millions to settle five sexual-harassment complaints

against O’Reilly, two of which The Times said came after Ailes
left the network.

Ailes
left the network
in 2016 after a string of sexual-harassment
allegations, which he denied, came to light after Carlson’s
lawsuit.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comment
from a representative for Ailes.

Fox News contributor files explosive sexual-harassment lawsuit against network and ex-CEO Roger Ailes – Business Insider

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