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Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Says Gretchen Carlson's Sexual Harassment Claims Are False - Read His New Statement

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Says Gretchen Carlson's Sexual Harassment Claims Are False - Read His New Statement

FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has released a statement in response to Gretchen Carlson‘s lawsuit and sexual harassment claims.

Gretchen Carlson‘s allegations are false,” the statement to JustJared.com reads. “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.”

It continues, “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.”

Gretchen filed a suit claiming Roger “sabotaged her career because she refused sexual advances.”

She also filed suit against former Fox & Friends anchor Steve Doocy, saying he “engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”

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