Former Fox News staffer Laura Luhn has sued the network and its parent company over alleged “decades-long” sexual abuse and blackmail by late CEO Roger Ailes. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday under New York’s recently enacted Adult Survivor’s Act, names Fox News, parent company 21st Century Fox and former network executive William Shine as defendants. It alleges Ailes, who died in 2017, “used his position as the head of Fox News to trap Laura W. Luhn in a decades-long cycle of sexual abuse.”
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is changing the NDA game. Ever since she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against then-Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in 2016 that helped to accelerate the #MeToo movement, she’s been busy advocating and lobbying for better non-disclosure agreement (NDA) protections for people in the workplace.
Roger Ailes understood the appeal Donald Trump had for Fox viewers. He didn’t foresee how together they would redefine the limits of political discourse. Above, Chris Wallace interviewed President-elect Trump for Fox News in December 2016.
Dropped by agents, careers chopped short, many women who brought harassment suits against the network say they’ve been branded as toxic in TV news and wear a scarlet letter: “I couldn’t bounce back.”
Friday’s theatrical release of the documentary, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, puts his life story in the public eye again. Two other Ailes projects, a feature film from director Jay Roach and a Showtime miniseries, are also in the works.
The FBI on Friday publicly released its files on the late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, who died last May. The release is more than 100 pages and mostly includes a background check that the FBI completed before Ailes worked for President Nixon, and two subsequent “expanded name checks” in 1988 and 1990 for access to the George H.W. Bush White House.
21st Century Fox has reached a $90 million settlement of shareholder claims arising from the sexual harassment scandal at its Fox News Channel, which cost the jobs of longtime news chief Roger Ailes and anchor Bill O’Reilly.
Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes haven’t worked for 21st Century Fox in months. Indeed, Ailes, who built and led the company’s financial engine, Fox News, passed away earlier this year. But their shadows continue to hover over some of the corporation’s most critical business efforts.
This morning, Gizmodo filed a lawsuit against the FBI seeking access to any files it holds on Roger Ailes. Gizmodo sought access to the records under the Freedom of Information Act on May 18, the day Ailes was found dead in his Palm Beach home due to a traumatic brain injury aggravated by his hemophilia. As one the most influential and controversial political figures of his era, we believe these files are likely to exist. The FBI failed to provide or formally deny access to the records within the time period allowed under the federal statute.
Three new lawsuits by people alleging a hostile work environment were filed just days after Roger Ailes’ death at age 77. And while Ailes was a potential witness in some lawsuits, his absence is unlikely to matter much.
A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Ailes later turned his media savvy to running TV networks. In early 1996 he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN.
The metastasizing Ailes affair is spilling over into the politics of New York, Virginia and the White House.
Prosecutors have taken testimony from several witnesses, including Laurie Luhn, about her severance package and how it was recorded on Fox’s books
The continued presence of other executives implicated in stories about harassment, discrimination and intimidation complicate Fox’s ability to change its culture, both in practice and public perception. One of those executives was promoted with Fox’s announcement Monday that Bill Shine, Fox’s co-president since founding CEO Roger Ailes was ousted last summer, had resigned.
Julie Roginsky, a Fox News Channel contributor who was best known, perhaps, for her appearances on the cable-news outlet’s The Five, raised new allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News Channel in a lawsuit detailing her account of being harassed by former Fox News chief Roger Ailes and then discriminated against in retaliation
The former chief financial officer of Fox News Channel, Mark Kranz, is said to have been offered immunity from prosecution by U.S. government attorneys looking into payments by the network and its parent, 21st Century Fox, to women who claimed to be harassed by Roger Ailes, the cable-news outlet’s former chief and leader.
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether 21st Century Fox Inc. should have disclosed to investors that it made secret settlement payments to female on-air hosts who alleged sexual harassment.
Roger Ailes might or might not be getting a position in the Trump administration, but the former Fox News chief’s time at the channel has found his old bosses back in court with another sexual harassment lawsuit — this time from a NYC Fox reporter.
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has scooped up a pitch from Charles Randolph about the former Fox News chairman.
Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes responded Thursday to a reported excerpt in Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming book, in which she apparently details months of sexual harassment at the hands of Ailes.
A profile of the New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, whose reporting helped solidify the downfall of ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes. There’s no small measure of undaunted tenacity in Sherman’s reporting approach.
For 20 years, Roger Ailes did as he pleased at Fox News. Then former anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment — and suddenly Rupert Murdoch, who’d long had his back, wasn’t there. How the most powerful man in cable news was toppled in 16 whirlwind days.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the name of Roger Ailes will be removed from a newsroom at Ohio University and a gift to the school will be returned as a result of the sexual harassment allegations against the former Fox News chairman. University President Roderick McDavis says in a statement Monday that, given the […]
In the few weeks since Gawker.com was forced to shut down thanks to billionaire Peter Thiel, the same lawyers Thiel funded on behalf of Hulk Hogan and others have taken on two new rich and powerful clients: Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican nominee for president, and Roger Ailes, the disgraced former Fox News chief.
21st Century Fox’s $20 million settlement with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has created a publicity nightmare for the cable channel, and it’s also raised questions about whether 21st Century Fox’s shareholders will take legal action against the company’s board of directors because company funds were used to settle sexual harassment claims.
A spokeswoman for New York, Lauren Starke, said Monday that both the magazine and Gabriel Sherman, author of its reporting on the sexual harassment allegations against former Fox exec Roger Ailes, had been contacted on behalf of Ailes and his wife, Elizabeth, by Charles Harder, a well-known libel attorney who has in recent months has caused a stir in the news industry for representing Hulk Hogan and Melania Trump.
Gabriel Sherman’s highly-anticipated (and minutely-detailed) saga of Roger Ailes’ undoing is here, and it’s sure to be the holiday weekend’s mandatory long read for anyone in media. It’s all there: the odious, predatory episodes with young women; a Fox News corporate culture complicit in Ailes’ wanton — and paranoid — behavior; and the certitude, as Ailes now shifts his weight behind Donald Trump’s candidacy, that the last chapters are far from written yet.
Roger Ailes had a 400-page opposition research-style file on Gabriel Sherman, who profiled Ailes in his book The Loudest Voice in the Room. Brian Stelter says the newly-unearthed file shows a “stunning display of Ailes’ campaign-like strategies,” though a number of reporters have long suspected Fox’s PR department kept such files. For his part, Sherman is taking the file’s existence in stride.
Brian Stelter combs through Andrea Tantaros’ lawsuit against Fox News, which she said engaged in retaliatory behaviors against her for complaining about her boss Roger Ailes’ behavior with her. A salient element of the suit is the role of Fox’s PR team, whose personnel acted “as natural extensions of [Ailes’] never-ending campaign against opponents, including but not limited to Democratic politicians and liberal media outlets.”