6 More Women Share Stories of Alleged Sexual Harassment by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes
Just a few days after former "Fox & Friends" cohost Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against her former boss, Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes, it appears she wasn't the only woman he allegedly harassed.
Today New York magazine published six more disturbing first-hand accounts with Ailes — as told to Gabriel Sherman, an author who chronicled four stories of alleged sexual harassment by Ailes in his 2014 book about the executive, "The Loudest Voice in the Room."
According to Sherman, more than a dozen women have contacted her lawyer, since Carlson revealed her story, to share their own, which cover a 25-year period dating all the way back to the 1960s, when Ailes was a producer.
Two of the women spoke on record, while the other four insisted on anonymity due to "shame and fear of retribution." The stories include allegations of Ailes' extremely inappropriate behavior toward women, including using his high position to elicit sexual favors, as well as barring women who refused him from professional advancements.
One of these women was Kellie Boyle, now 54. She was a field adviser for the Republican National Committee when she met Ailes:
So we get in the car and that’s when he said, 'You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.' I was so taken aback. I said, 'Gosh I didn’t know that. How would that work?' I was trying to kill time because I didn’t know if he was going to attack me. I was just talking until I could get out of the car. He said, 'That's the way it works,' and he started naming other women he’s had. He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone's got their friend. I said, 'Would I have to be friends with anybody else?' And he said, 'Well you might have to give a blowjob every once in a while.' ... Back in New Jersey I got a call from Roger Ailes. He said, 'How'd your meeting go?' I said, 'Actually he wasn’t available and I'm hoping to hear back from him.' He said, 'Ah, well, I'm sure you will. Have you changed your mind yet?' I said, 'I'll have to pass, Roger. I'm married and really committed to my husband. No offense.' He said, 'Well, we'll be in touch.' And that was that. A couple weeks later, I called a friend who was very high up in the RNC and I asked him what happened. He said, 'Word went out you weren't to be hired.'
It's impossible to measure how much damage was done to these women's lives if the allegations are true. Ailes' camp denies all of it and issued the follow statement to New York magazine:
"It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue. The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false."
We'll continue to keep tabs on what unfolds.
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