Roger Ailes Calls Gretchen Carlson Harassment Suit ‘False’ and ‘Offensive’

The battle has just begun.

Roger Ailes didn’t waste too much time responding to Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit.

In a statement, Ailes said the “allegations are false” and that Carlson was merely seeking revenge for Fox News’ decision not to renew her contract.

Here’s Ailes’ full statement:

Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. 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. 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.