Gretchen Carlson is a Stanford grad and former Miss America, but at Fox News she was just another blonde bimbo, according to a scathing sexual harassment lawsuit. She accuses Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes and on-air talent Steve Doocy of inappropriate, heavy-handed treatment.
Her most damning charges are reserved for Ailes, stemming from a meeting with Carlson over her sexual harassment complaints.
Incredibly, Ailes allegedly suggested having sex with him to solve her problems.
Carlson has been married since 1997 to Casey Close, a sports agent and former professional baseball player. But that apparently didn’t matter to Ailes.
“I think you and I should have a sexual relationship and then you’d be good and better and then I’d be good and better,” he allegedly said, according to the lawsuit.
“Sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way, he supposedly added.
Ailes also reportedly called Carlson a “man hater” and “killer.” He also allegedly told her she needed to “get along with the boys,” court papers state.
After Carlson rebuffed his advances, she claims Ailes began “ostracizing, marginalizing, and shunning her.” Nine months later, on June 23, Ailes fired her, according to court papers.
Carlson says she complained to her supervisors about Doocy, her “Fox & Friends” co-host, as far back as Sept. 2009. She said h created a hostile work environment “by regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way.”
Among other things, Doocy would put his hand on her and pul her down to shush her during a live telecast. During commercial breaks, the “pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment” got even worse.
Doocy would mock her during commercial breaks, shun her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittle her contributions to the show and “generally attempting to put her in her place,” court papers state.
Most grating of all, he refused “to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blonde female prop.”
The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in New Jersey, claims the Fox big-wig is a serial sexual harasser. Carlson claims he ogled her, called her “sexy” and frequently made sexually charged comments about her physical appearance, according to The New York Times.
Carlson joined Fox in 2005 and is the author of Getting Real. Carlson won the Miss Minnesota crown in 1988 and was crowned Miss America in 1989. She is a concert violinist and graduated from Stanford in 1990 with a degree in sociology. She also studied at Oxford, her bio says.
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