Gretchen Carlson has given her first interview since filing a sexual harassment suit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
Carlson, bookended by her lawyers Nancy Erika Smith and Martin Hyman, told The New York Times that she first complained of harassment back in 2009, and that over the years, her repeated complaints went ignored. Carlson alleged that Ailes’ harassment was “continuous,” and that “between six and 10” meetings with him featured Ailes discussing her body.
When asked if there was a culture problem within Fox News, Carlson said “Everyone knew how powerful Roger Ailes was. I certainly felt intimidated by that. The culture of Fox and Friends was intimidating to me.”
Carlson also spoke up about her former female Fox News colleagues who have publicly supported Ailes. Why were they propping Ailes up? “They’re still being paid by Fox,” Carlson explained.