Fox News hit with new Ailes harassment suit


Longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson famously sued Ailes and Fox News past year, claiming that she was sacked after rejecting sexual advances from Ailes.

Ailes resigned as Fox's CEO in July, 2016, after Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing him of sabotaging her career because she rebuffed his sexual advances and complained about harassment.

In a complaint filed in NY state Supreme Court on Monday, Roginsky said she was pressured to join "Team Roger" to defend Ailes when Gretchen Carlson filed the initial harassment complaint against him but that she refused. In a statement over the weekend, Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox said it "takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously" but stood by O'Reilly. She says Walsh's appearances on the show stopped after she refused to go to O'Reilly's hotel room after a dinner in Los Angeles in 2013.

Julie Roginsky said in the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, that the network and Ailes discriminated against her "on the basis of her gender by making her deserved promotion to a regular spot hosting "The Five" contingent upon having a sexual relationship with Ailes".

Henry Holt & Company, O'Reilly's publisher, said past year that his "Killing" franchise - a series of historic blockbusters that examine the deaths or attempted assassinations of various figures from Jesus to JFK - had sold 14.5 million copies. During this meeting she directly told them about her harassment by Ailes.

"The O'Reilly Factor" is Fox News' most watched program and is coming off its best first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Ailes also would tell her that she should "engage in sexual relationships with 'older, married, conservative men, ' " the suit stated.

"Shine aided and abetted Ailes' acts of retaliation and harassment", Roginsky's suit said.

In Roginsky's lawsuit, she claims that starting in early 2015 Ailes "repeatedly called [her] into his office for one-on-one meetings".

In September, Fox settled with former host Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit against Ailes marked the beginning of the end for the powerful executive.

"He tried to kiss me three times", Kelly said.

According to the new suit, Roginsky's refusal to defend Ailes amid last year's explosive accusations led Shine to retaliate against her.

Ailes no longer runs the company, but O'Reilly remains as a Fox News anchor.

O'Reilly has faced a wave of backlash since the Times report was published, and some companies have pulled ads from airing during his show, The O'Reilly Factor.

The suit comes almost a year after Ailes was forced out of his powerful position because of a series of sexual harassment complaints, which the network has spent at least $30 million settling.

Bloom is calling for an independent investigation into the network. For some reason, Fox News keeps him.