On Wednesday, Gretchen Carlson, the former host of Fox News' The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson, filed a complaint against Fox's chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. On Wednesday night, Carlson's lawyer Nancy Erika Smith told CNNMoney that Ailes' harassment of Carlson was "very consistent and very pervasive."
According to the Huffington Post, at least 10 other women have contacted Smith about Ailes’ behavior in the hours since the news about Carlson's lawsuit was released. So apparently this old man wanted to share his harassment with a whole bunch of women at the station. That's what they call an equal opportunity employer (no, it's not).
One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, claims that Ailes asked her to turn around so he could see her ass. Another woman said Ailes told her she was only allowed to wear dresses on air. That same woman also described Ailes' hiring process:
He always brags to people about how he doesn't do polling or testing when he chooses his on-air talent. He told me that if he was thinking of hiring a woman, he'd ask himself if he would fuck her, and if he would, then he'd hire her to be on-camera. He then said if it was a man he'd think about whether he could sit down for a baseball game with him and not get annoyed of him. If he could, then he'd hire him.
Ailes allegedly feels it's important to consider whether or not he'd like to have sex with a person when making hiring decisions. Whether or not they want to have sex with him is unimportant. If a woman does get hired, does she also get a little sticker to put on her ID that says "Roger wants to screw me!"?
Ailes has denied the allegations, but Fox's parent company 21st Century Fox is looking into the claims Carlson made against Ailes as well as against her former Fox & Friends cohost Steve Doocy. But right off the bat, sounds like they're sort of on the side of Ailes and Doocy. The company released a statement saying:
The company has seen the allegations against Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy. We take these matters seriously. While we have full confidence in Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades, we have commenced an internal review of the matter.
Maybe "an internal review" is what Ailes told Carlson he wanted to do to her. Either way, she should be really proud that she passed the alleged Ailes "screw test." That looks really impressive on a résumé.