In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s untimely departure from Fox News, CNN anchor — and former FOX NEWS reporter — Alisyn Camerota says that she thought it was time to speak out about her own experiences at the network.
Speaking with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday, Camerota said, “Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me.”
She explained that Ailes always had his own agenda. “Let me be clear, Roger Ailes was…,could be charming. He could be quite charismatic. He could be uproariously funny. He could also be a bit of a bully and mean. And, he also was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say, and I think that many of us experienced that.”
She further elaborated, saying that Ailes “would talk about body parts. He would say, ‘Give me a spin.’ He would want to be greeted with a hug.”
Camerota went on to describe an incident early in her career when the Fox News boss told her in no uncertain terms that if she wanted more opportunities with the network, she would have to “get to know him better in a hotel.”
“He said ‘Well, I would have to work with you. I would have to work with you on that case,’” she recalled him saying. “‘I would have to work with you really closely, and it may require us getting to know each other better. And that might have to happen away from here, and it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I’m saying?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I think I do know what you’re saying.’”
She never went to the hotel with Ailes, and she did not tell anyone then or since about what happened because she was too “embarrassed.” However, she’s speaking out now because the timing seems right. “It feels as though … if I take the Murdochs at their word, they really want to know what was wrong there and what the culture was like. And I don’t know how you get there with silence.”
Camerota, who moved to CNN in 2014 and now co-anchors “New Day,” said she left the network because of Ailes’ behavior.
Ailes has denied all sexual harassment allegations made against him and stepped down as chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel in July 2016.
Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich has reportedly denied Camerota’s allegations, calling them “unsubstantiated and false.”
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