In response to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, 21st Century Fox issued this statement: “We take these matters seriously. While we have full confidence in Mr. Ailes and [‘Fox & Friends’ co-host Steve] Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades, we have commenced an internal review of the matter.”
Carlson’s suit also alleges that Doocy sexually harassed her.
We previously reported on Ailes’ response to the Carlson lawsuit.
Carlson has spoken up before about being sexually harassed earlier in her career. To read the entire entry in her blog that she originally wrote last year, and then updated last month, please click here.
In that piece she recalls the first time she was sexually harassed: “The first incident came when I was nearing the end of my term as Miss America. I was thrilled to schedule a meeting with a top TV executive in New York who promised to help me gain entrée to the business. He called a bunch of shows and sang my praises, and then he took me out to dinner. Afterward we got into his car and he gave the driver the address of the friend I was staying with. As we sat in the backseat, he suddenly threw himself on top of me and stuck his tongue down my throat. I pulled away from him, horrified. As we reached my friend’s apartment building, I jumped out of the car and fled. When I got upstairs I started crying. I thought I had done something wrong.”