Yet another woman has stepped forward to accuse Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, of workplace harassment. Alisyn Camerota, a CNN news anchor who once worked at Fox, said that she had “inappropriate” interactions with her ex-employer.
“Let me be clear,” she said during an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “Roger Ailes was — could be charming. He could be quite charismatic. He could be uproariously funny. He could also be a bit of a bully, and mean. And he also was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say, and I think that many of us experienced that. He would talk about body parts. He would say ‘Give me a spin.’ He would want to be greeted with a hug.”
Camerota also added that when she was a new employee at Fox News, she asked Ailes for “more opportunity.” She claims that Ailes replied, “‘I would have to work with you really closely, and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here, and it might have to happen at a hotel.’”
Ailes was ousted from his position at Fox News last summer, after reporter Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against him. More than 20 women have since come forward with similar allegations about Ailes. Earlier this month, in fact, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network, its co-president, and Ailes.
Ailes has denied all of the allegations. His lawyer, Susan Estrich, said that Camerota’s claims are “unsubstantiated and false.”
Camerota told CNN that she decided to come forward after yet another star player of Fox News was accused of sexual impropriety. Bill O’Reilly, the network’s star anchor, was pushed out of his job last week, after The New York Times reported that he and Fox News had paid $13 million dollars to settle harassment suits against O’Reilly. Camerota said that the Murdoch family, which controls Fox News’ parent company and quickly ousted O’Reilly in the wake of the scandal, seems to want to fix the company’s toxic culture.
“It feels as though, if I take the Murdochs at their word, they really want to know what was wrong there and what the culture was like,” she said. “I don’t know how you get that from silence.” After that initial encounter, Camerota said the sexual harassment from Ailes stopped — but a new type of harassment began. Watch Camerota’s full interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter below.
— Reliable Sources (@ReliableSources) April 23, 2017
Earlier this month at the 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit, Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor the woman who started the sweeping change taking place at Fox News with her lawsuit against Ailes last year, discussed her experiences at the network and what other women can do if they find themselves in a similar predicament. If you missed it, watch the full panel and highlights below.
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