In the latest maneuvers in the headline-grabbing sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chief Roger Ailes, attorneys for Ailes fired back at the suit from former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.
Variety cites a person who’s familiar with the legal proceedings indicating Ailes’ legal team was working to poke holes in Carlson’s suit as they pushed to get it moved to arbitration.
“Attorneys for Ailes on Friday cited violations of clauses in Carlson’s contract, according to this person, which call for any conflict she had with her employer to be raised confidentially and brought to arbitration,” Variety reports. “Additionally, the lawyers said New Jersey was not a proper jurisdiction for the case, as Ailes — who owns a home in the state — lives predominantly in Garrison, N.Y.”
The report adds: “The case, the attorneys said, would have to be filed in federal court because Carlson lives in Greenwich, Conn., and the federal system would be appropriate for two people from different states.”