'Bite me'

Gretchen Carlson speaks out on Trump, pervasive sexual aggression in U.S. culture

Gretchen Carlson. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is speaking out publicly for the first time since she won a $20 million settlement from the network last month, saying that since she leveled sexual harassment accusations against her former boss Roger Ailes — accusations that led to the news chief’s dismissal after founding the network 20 years ago — she’s heard from women all around the country who have reached out to her with similar stories. “I think this is happening every single day to women in all walks of life and in all different types of corporations,” Carlson, 50, who appears on the cover of the latest TIME issue, told the magazine. “I’ve heard from so many women, from Wall Street to a tiny little town in Alabama. It’s everywhere.”

Carlson declined to discuss her time working at Fox News, but she did address Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whose alleged history of groping and vulgar speech on a leaked hot mic audio tape, brought the issues of sexual harassment and sexual aggression to the forefront of the presidential campaign in recent weeks. “I am saddened by the prevalence of powerful men disrespecting and objectifying women — and getting away with it for years,” Carlson said. “I am particularly distressed when people in the public eye who influence our culture perpetuate sexism.” Below is a look at Carlson on the cover of TIME. The accompanying story covers how Carlson wants to change the way women fight back against sexual harassment. Plus it has all sorts of interesting anecdotes, like one about how her dog, a Lagotto Romagnolo, has both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump chew toys. The Trump item, which says “Bite me” when bitten, is the pup’s preferred toy.

And the piece takes a look way back to the beginning of Carlson’s career in the 1990s when, as a budding reporter, she was allegedly sexually harassed by a co-worker — and how she handled it back then.

Read the full story at TIME.

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