Gretchen Carlson, who rose to stardom on Fox News, says in a lawsuit that her former top boss and legendary Fox News Channel founder told her: “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago.”

Gretchen Carlson. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Gretchen Carlson. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Stanford-educated former Miss America, 50, says she was fired last month after she refused the sexual advances of Fox Chairman Roger Ailes, 76.

The New York Times reported: “Ms. Carlson contends that in 2009 she complained to the network that her co-host on the popular ‘Fox & Friends’ morning show, Steve Doocy, had engaged in what she describes as ‘severe and pervasive sexual harassment,’ including mocking her during commercial breaks and pulling down her arm during a live broadcast.

“Mr. Ailes, the lawsuit states, responded by calling Ms. Carlson a ‘man hater’ and saying ‘she needed to learn to get along with the boys.’ Ms. Carlson claims that Mr. Ailes eventually reassigned her from “Fox & Friends,” in 2013, because of her complaints.

Ailes denied the allegations. “This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

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