Gretchen Carlson Reportedly Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson reportedly filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes after allegedly being fired from the network last month. Her complaint says, “Carlson rebuffed Ailes’ sexual demands… and, nine months later, Ailes ended her career at Fox News.”

Update: Ailes sent the following statement to The Frisky: “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.”

Carlson has not publicly commented on her retaliation and sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer, but did reveal on Twitter Wednesday that she was no longer with the news organization, tweeting: “As you may have heard, I’m no longer with @FoxNews.” She was the anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson and joined Fox in 2005, according to her company bio, previously co-hosting Fox & Friends.

According to CNN, Carlson’s complaint alleges that Ailes “injected sexual and/or sexist comments” into conversations and made “sexual advances.” The Fox exec also allegedly told Carlson, “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,” when she requested they meet last September to put an end to the “retaliatory and discriminatory treatment she had endured,” according to her complaint.

The lawsuit claims Ailes didn’t renew Carlson’s contract because she refused his sexual advances at that September meeting and prior. It also says he retaliated against her in various ways before firing her June 23, “ostracizing, marginalizing and shunning her after making clear to her that these ‘problems’ would not have existed, and could be solved, if she had a sexual relationship with him.” It’s unclear how far back the alleged harassment goes, but the complaint implies that it existed long before this summer.

According to Gawker, Carlson filed the sexual harassment lawsuit with the Supreme Court of New Jersey, although she lives in Connecticut and worked at Fox News in New York City. It alleges that Ailes broke New York’s Human Rights Law and “unlawfully retaliated against Carlson and sabotaged her career” because she wouldn’t sleep with him. The complaint also says that her termination caused her “significant economic, emotional and professional harm.” According to CNN Money, Carlson is personally suing Ailes, not Fox News as a whole.

The lawsuit makes pretty damning claims against one of the most powerful men in American media, who’s been the CEO of Fox News since starting the network in 1996.