Six more women have reportedly emerged with allegations of sexual abuse against Roger Ailes, the target of a high-profile lawsuit filed by ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.
New York Magazine reports that it talked to several women who have previously encountered the now 76-year-old news chief. Some of the allegations date back to the ’60s when Ailes worked for The Mike Douglas Show.
Barry Asen, an outside attorney for Ailes, released this statement to the magazine: “It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue. The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.”
Two of the women interviewed by New York Magazine went on the record; the rest used pseudonyms. One of the women is Kellie Boyle, a former field adviser for the Republican National Committee. In 1989, Boyle recalls, Ailes allegedly torpedoed her chance “to sign a major contract with the National Republican Congressional Committee” when she declined his sexual advances.
“He said, ‘You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.’ I was so taken aback,” Boyle said to the magazine. “I said, ‘Gosh I didn’t know that. How would that work?’ … He said, ‘That’s the way it works,’ and he started naming other women he’s had.”
The entire article from New York Magazine can be found here.
Earlier this week, former Fox & Friends anchor Carlson filed suit by alleging “Ailes has unlawfully retaliated against [her] and sabotaged her career because she refused sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.” She is seeking an undisclosed amount for “lost compensation, damaged career path, damage to reputation and pain and suffering damages.”
“Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false,” Ailes says in a statement last week. “This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit.”
Ailes added, “Ironically, FOX News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11-year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”