More sexual harassment trouble for Fox News, Roger Ailes

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Fox News and its former chairman, Roger Ailes, are facing another sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a Democratic political consultant and Fox News contributor.

Julie Roginsky on Monday accused both parties of denying her a permanent hosting position after she rejected Ailes’ sexual advances.

According to the lawsuit filed in New York state court, Roginsky, 43, claims that the misogynistic culture at Fox News, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., has remained the same since Ailes’ resignation last year after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a separate sexual harassment lawsuit.

Not only has Roginsky appeared regularly on the network since 2011, she also writes a column for the Fox News website.

Ailes’ attorney, Susan Estrich, issued a statement calling Roginsky’s claims “total hogwash.”

“This is about someone who wants to pile-on in a massive character assassination in order to achieve what she did not accomplish on the merits,” Estrich said.

Fox has not yet commented on Roginsky’s claims.

Ailes and his former network have faced similar lawsuits filed by women claiming that the 76-year-old Ailes sexually harassed them.

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The specifics of the lawsuit include the claim by Roginsky that in early 2015 Ailes informed her that she was being considered for a full-time position on “The Five.” Roginsky contends that after rebuffing Ailes’ advances she was never tapped for the job. Furthermore, she no longer appeared as a contributor on the show.

Since the incident, Roginsky asserts that she has gotten less on-air time, to the detriment of her career.

Bill Shine, the co-president of Fox, has also been sued by Roginsky on the grounds that he failed to investigate her claims after she revealed Ailes’ conduct to him.

Roginsky is seeking unspecified damages in the wake of the network’s $20 million settlement last year with Carlson, who claimed that her contract was not renewed because she rejected Ailes’ advances.

A Saturday report in the New York Times revealed that Fox had paid at least $13 million in settlements to five women who claimed that anchor Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed them. O’Reilly has denied the accusations, but has reportedly paid a share of the settlements himself.

The Times has also reported that Fox News is under investigation by a federal grand jury for alleged secret settlements paid over allegations of sexual harassment.

H/T: Reuters

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