Even as the Fox News Channel faces renewed pressure over alleged sexual harassment following accusations against Bill O’Reilly, as we reported earlier today, a new lawsuit filed today targets former network boss Roger Ailes while also alleging complicity by other FNC executives.
NPR reports that the suit by Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky accuses Ailes of making unwanted sexual advances and leading her to believe that she could be in for a key promotion.
“The suit says Ailes encouraged … Roginsky to date older, married men, repeatedly praised her looks and sought to get her to join him for drinks, even in his office, away from prying eyes that could get them ‘into so much trouble.'” NPR reports. “Roginsky spurned the advances, according to the lawsuit, and as a result never received the promotion to become host of the popular early evening program ‘The Five.'”
The report adds: “Roginsky’s depiction of life at Fox News even after Ailes’ ouster last summer at the height of a sexual harassment scandal suggests a far cry from the changed corporate culture promised by the Murdoch family, which controls 21st Century Fox. Patriarch Rupert Murdoch has led Fox News since Ailes was felled by fallout from the lawsuit by former host Gretchen Carlson that triggered the scandal.”
A number of women who formerly worked under Ailes have made similar allegations against him, including journalists Megyn Kelly and Laurie Dhue.
“Perhaps more troublingly for Fox News and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, Roginsky also accuses the network’s current president, Bill Shine; its longtime top lawyer, Dianne Brandi; and other senior executives of complicity in Ailes’ harassment and of punishing her for raising the issue,” NPR adds.