Prompted by the revelation of host Bill O’Reilly’s settlements in a recent news report, another major blow to Fox News arrived in the form of a new harassment suit filed against founder Roger Ailes. On Monday, the lawsuit was filed by a network contributor, Julie Roginsky, who accused the founder of sexual harassment. She alleges that Ailes advised her to pursue sexual relations with “older, married, conservative men,” and demanded she greet him with a kiss during meetings. Before the allegations surfaced, she was convinced that she was in line for permanent hosting duties on the network’s popular evening panel show, “The Five.” After resisting his advances, she claims that the opportunity disappeared.
Other allegations in the harassment suit claim that the network’s environment remains the same despite Ailes’ departure and opposing network claims. The attorney for Ailes states that the claims filed are false, and are “copycat” complaints. Roginsky also claims that the current network co-president, Bill Shine, who was named a defendant in the suit, retaliated against her after she stood by former host, Gretchen Carlson, who filed the first suit against Ailes, and anyone else who was against Ailes.
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