More women come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/07/after-gretchen-carlson-suit-six-women-come-forward-with-allegations-of-sexual-harassment-against-roger-ailes-225329

In the days after Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against her former boss, Roger Ailes, her attorneys said at least 10 women had come out of the woodwork and contacted the firm about being harassed by the long-serving Fox News head. None of them had been interviewed on the record until Saturday, when New York Magazine’s Gabe Sherman published six accounts from women who say they, too, were harassed by Ailes — two of them identifying themselves by name.It’s unclear what bearing their stories will have on the current case, since the events described date back as far as 1965 and none is more recent than 1989, all before Ailes began working at Fox News. But some of the allegations are serious, and surely constitute a blow to Fox News’ public relations strategy in the wake of Carlson’s accusations."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," Barry Asen, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green, said in a statement on behalf of Ailes and Fox News. "The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false." Representatives for Carlson didn’t respond immediately to requests for comment on the accusations; if and when they do we will update this article. Perhaps the most egregious of the claims in Sherman’s piece came from a former model using a pseudonym, who alleged that Ailes demanded oral sex from her when she was 16 years old and appearing on “The Mike Douglas Show,” which Ailes used to produce. According to her account: “He proceeded to pull down his pants and very gingerly pull out his genitals and said, ‘Kiss them’ … I jumped up, but the door is locked and nobody’s out there. He chased me around the office and at some point it dawned on him that this just wasn’t going to happen. He finally pulled up his trousers. He was very angry and rushed over to his desk, pulled open a door and had a reel-to-reel tape recorder going. He said to me, ‘Don’t tell anybody about this. I’ve got it all on tape.’” The woman was one of four who spoke to Sherman using pseudonyms to protect their identities. Kellie Boyle, a former Republican National Committee field adviser, and former model Marsha Callahan spoke with Sherman on the record. “I don’t remember his exact words, but his message was: If you want to make it in New York City in the TV business, you’re going to have to fuck me, and you’re going to do that with anyone I tell you to,” one woman, a former television producer, told Sherman. Boyle said she recalled Ailes propositioning her for sex in order to advance her career. “‘You know, if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys,’” Boyle said Ailes told her in 1989. “I was so taken aback … 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.’” Callahan said that in the late 1960s, Ailes suggested they have sex so that Callahan could appear on “The Mike Douglas Show,” which Ailes was producing at the time. She told Sherman: “He said he’d put me on the show but I needed to go to bed with him … I said, ‘Well if you think I have star quality and you can make money off my looks, I don’t think it’d matter if I went to bed with you or not.’ And he said, ‘Oh, pretty girls like you are a dime a dozen.’”

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