(Corrects paragraph 13 to say that New York Times reported that
Fox News and Bill O'Reilly paid out $13 million in settlements,
not Fox News alone.)
By Daniel Wiessner
April 3 A Democratic political consultant and
Fox News contributor on Monday sued the network and its former
chairman, Roger Ailes, accusing them of denying her a permanent
hosting job after rebuffing Ailes' sexual advances.
Julie Roginsky also said in her lawsuit filed in New York
state court that a misogynistic culture at Fox News, a unit of
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, had not changed since
Ailes resigned last year in the wake of a separate sexual
harassment lawsuit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
Roginsky, 43, has appeared regularly on Fox News programs
since 2011 and writes a column for the network's website.
Susan Estrich, a lawyer for Ailes, said in a statement that
Roginsky's claims were "total hogwash."
"This is about someone who wants to pile-on in a massive
character assassination in order to achieve what she did not
accomplish on the merits," Estrich said.
Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Roginsky's action follows other allegations, including at
least two separate lawsuits, against Fox News and Ailes by women
who claimed they were sexually harassed by the 76-year-old
founder of the network.
In the lawsuit, Roginsky said Ailes in early 2015 told her
he was considering her for a full-time slot on "The Five," a
highly-rated talk show featuring a rotating panel of guests. But
the job never materialized, and she lost her spot as a
contributor on the show, after she declined his advances, she
Roginsky also said she has had less time on air since then,
and it is has damaged her career.
She also sued Bill Shine, the co-president of Fox, claiming
he failed to investigate her claims after they met to discuss
Ailes' conduct. Roginsky is seeking unspecified damages under a
New York City law that prohibits discrimination, harassment and
Fox last year agreed to pay $20 million to settle Carlson's
claims that her contract was not renewed because she rebuffed
A separate sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year by
former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros was sent to private
The New York Times on Saturday reported that Fox and anchor
Bill O’Reilly had paid at least $13 million to five women to
settle claims that he sexually harassed them. O’Reilly has
denied the claims.
The New York Times has also reported that Fox News is the
subject of a federal grand jury investigation, potentially
involving secret settlements paid over allegations of sexual
(Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York, Editing by
Alexia Garamfalvi, Andrew Hay and David Gregorio)