Fox News has settled a lawsuit from a former contributor who said Roger Ailes was a “sexual predator” who punished her for rejecting his advances.
Philly.com reports that Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox settled with New Jersey political strategist Julie Roginsky.
Roginsky wasn’t commenting, other than writing on Facebook: “Now on to vocally ensuring that other women are treated with dignity and respect in their chosen fields.”
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
“In the lawsuit, which was filed in New York state court in April, Roginsky alleged that Ailes made a promised promotion to a permanent hosting job on ‘The Five’ ‘contingent upon having a sexual relationship’ with him,” the story reports. “Roginsky also claimed that former Fox News executive Bill Shine retaliated when she refused to publicly disparage former ‘Fox & Friends’ host Gretchen Carlson when Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016.”
Carlson reportedly was paid $20 million in a settlement with 21st Century Fox.
“Most strikingly, Roginsky claimed that the environment at Fox News, which she described as a ‘culture of misogyny and sexism,’ didn’t change after Ailes was forced to resign in July 2016,” Philly.com adds. “She claimed Shine, in-house lawyer Dianne Brandi and other senior executives continued to punish her and deny her promotion opportunities for raising the issue of sexual harassment.”