And now, another shoe drops on the ongoing controversies surrounding Fox News.
TV host and journalist Alisyn Camerota has come out on Sunday revealing that she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes during her time working for the network, and she revealed it all in a tell-all interview with Brian Stetler on CNN‘s Reliable Sources.
Speaking frankly in a very serious sit-down interview, Camerota recounted her tale of Ailes trying to get, um, closer to her during her work for the network.
Camerota said, in part:
“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. Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me.”
Now, for Ailes’ part, his attorney Susan Estrich completely denied the account, saying:
“These are unsubstantiated and false allegations. Mr. Ailes never engaged in the inappropriate conversations she now claims occurred, and he vigorously denies this fictional account of her interactions with him and of Fox News’ editorial policy.”
Camerota worked at Fox for more than a decade, and worked specifically with Ailes to a large degree during her tiem on air.
She noted how there was more than one aspect to Ailes’ personality and work at the network:
“Let me be clear. 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. But the time that I remember most. was when I was first starting out at Fox and I was single, and I remember Roger, being in Roger’s office, and I was saying that I wanted more opportunity. He said ‘Well, I would have to work with you. I would have to work with you on that case. 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. Do you know what I’m saying?’ And I said ‘Yeah, I think I do know what you’re saying.'”
Watch how that ended, and the entire disturbing segment, on Camerota’s interview with Stetler about all this (below):
Good thing Ailes is gone.
Let’s just hope some way, somehow, all these women have piece of mind at some point after these traumatic experiences.
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