Gretchen Carlson is an accomplished journalist, author and news host, and now she’s fighting for her rights. Here’s everything you need to know about the woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
Gretchen Carlson, 50, has made stunning claims that longtime Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, 76, made sexual advances towards her and fired her from her high profile job of 11 years when she refused to give in. Read on to find out more about Gretchen’s impressive career.
1. Gretchen is suing Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
Gretchen is charging Roger Ailes with sexual harassment, claiming she was fired for refusing to engage in a sexual relationship with him, despite her 11 years of dedication to the network. In a shocking eight-page lawsuit, Carlson alleges that Roger Ailes said to her in Sept. 2015, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.” She also claims that he “injected sexual and/or sexist comments” into conversations and made “sexual advances by various means”. The suit maintains that Ailes told Carlson she was “sexy”, but “too much hard work”.
2. She has worked for CBS News, and hosted Fox & Friends before going to The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on Fox.
Gretchen joined CBS News as a correspondent in 2000, then went to The Early Show in 2002. In 2006, she filled an open weekday slot on Fox & Friends, and co-hosted for several years. She left the program in 2013 to host her own show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.
3. Gretchen was crowned Miss America in 1989.
Gretchen won the title of 1989 Miss America as a representative for Minnesota, her native state. She still works with the Miss America Pageant.
4. She is an accomplished author.
Gretchen wrote an in-depth piece for Huffington Post about sexual harassment last year, declaring that “we have to stop thinking of sexual harassment as only a women’s issue”, and that “part of putting an end to harassment involves educating boys to be completely accepting of women, both at home and at work, so that harassment becomes a relic of the past”. She also released a memoir in 2015 called Getting Real. In the book, she shares her success story, and also writes about multiple instances of sexual assault in the novel — though she doesn’t name Ailes.
5. Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann was one of Gretchen’s nannies as a child.
One of her childhood nannies was Michelle Bachmann, the former member of the United States House of Representatives and 2012 Republican candidate in the presidential election.
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