Other accusations followed and Ailes was gone two weeks later. July 6, - Gretchen Carlson brings suit against Roger Ailes. Carlson, a former Fox News host, sends shock waves through the media world when she sues Ailes. The suit claims that she was terminated for "refusing Ailes' sexual advances. Ailes denies the accusations saying "This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract.
Gretchen Carlson: Fighting sex harassment is everyone's job
Sign up for our award-winning Daily Dispatch newsletter—delivered to your inbox every week. Like many women, Carlson has endured sexual harassment and assault throughout her career. She was harassed by a stalker for four years early in her television days. Screenwriter William Goldman wrote a book in which he referred to her as Miss Piggy for being overweight when she was Miss America in she was, in fact, pounds.
Nine months of sex harassment scandals take down two Fox News icons
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson said fighting sexual harassment is a job for everyone, not just women. It also led to the downfall of Fox News chief Roger Ailes. Carlson alleged she was demoted and fired for rejecting Ailes' advances. She told Good Housekeeping for its February issue that harassment "is not an issue that women should feel pressure to solve by ourselves.
Carlson said she was sexually harassed shortly after she was crowned Miss America and during her journalistic career. In September, Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the former chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes , who stepped down after mounting pressure came from additional employees with similar accusations. She and her husband of 19 years, high-powered sports agent Casey Close, live in Greenwich, Connecticut with their two children, year-old Kaia and year-old Christian. My dad owned a car dealership in town.