Ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson says she was fired for refusing Roger Ailes sex in stunning sexual harassment suit

Fox News host of ‘The Real Story,’ Gretchen Carlson, has filed stunning sexual harassment claims against the network’s CEO Roger Ailes after reportedly being let go after 11 years with the station.

Carlson, in court filings, writes that she was fired on June 23 from her hit show on Fox News after she refused to sleep with Ailes, according to the Daily Mail.

The daytime anchor said she had a conversation with Ailes last September in which he suggested that they have sex in order to be “better.”

“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,” Ailes allegedly told Carlson.

Carlson said Ailes made the statement when she went in to speak with him about what she described were discriminatory practices at the network.

According to Carlson, co-host Steve Doocy made discriminatory and diminishing statements to her on and off set while she was co-hosting ‘Fox & Friends.’

That’s when Ailes allegedly called her a “man-hater” and accused her of wanting to “show-up the boys,” moving her to her own show during the daytime schedule of the network.

Carlson is also alleging that her pay was decreased after she was moved to her own show.

“We believe that the evidence will confirm that Gretchen was fired from ‘Fox & Friends’ for speaking up about demeaning and discriminatory behavior on and off the set,” Carlson’s attorney told the Daily Mail.

Carlson states in her complaint that Ailes also denied her ‘various opportunities that were afforded to other Fox News hosts.’

These include: ‘reducing her compensation’; ‘severely curtailing her appearances as a guest commentator’; blocking her from appearing as a substitute host’; ‘refusing to assign her to cover high-visibility events’; ‘refusing to give her social media, public relations, and advertising support’; ‘sunning, ostracizing and humiliating her, both publicly and privately” and then ultimately ‘decreeing that her contract not be renewed,’ claims the complaint.

She is requesting compensation for her mental anguish and punitive damages in her suit, and asking for a jury trial.

Carlson said in a statement on Wednesday: ‘I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career.

‘Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace.

‘I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day.’

Carlson took to Facebook, posting “As you may have heard, I am no longer with Fox News. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me.”

Fox New’s CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes vehemently denies the allegations and gave this 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.”

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John Binder is a Political Reporter for BizPac Review and can be reached at [email protected] John's reporting has been featured at the Drudge Report, Fox News, National Review, the National Journal, the Gateway Pundit, Breitbart, the Daily Caller, the Hayride and RedState. Follow John on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
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