Gretchen Carlson provided details about her sexual harassment suit against Fox News chief Roger Ailes in an interview with The New York Times, saying she “finally felt it was time” to speak up.
In the interview Tuesday, she told the publication: “I just wanted to stand up for myself, first and foremost. And I wanted to stand up for other women who maybe faced similar circumstances.”
Carlson, who spoke publicly for the first time about the lawsuit, repeated some of the allegations in the suit and added a few details.
“In the interview, Ms. Carlson said she complained of harassment as early as 2009, when Steve Doocy, then her co-host on ‘Fox and Friends,’ pulled her arm down while on the air to ‘quiet’ her, Ms. Carlson said,” The Times reports. “She said in her complaint, and repeated on Tuesday, that she had several meetings with Mr. Ailes over the years in which her complaints of harassment went nowhere, and that he said demeaning things to her himself.”
The report adds: “According to the suit, Mr. Ailes labeled her a ‘man hater,’ and instructed her to ‘learn to “get along with the boys.”’
“That sort of language from Mr. Ailes, she said on Tuesday, was ‘continuous,’ adding that she had ‘between six and 10’ meetings with him in which he talked about her body and heard her complaints of harassment.”
To read the full report, click on the link to The Times near the top of this story.