Shared from the 2017-04-04 Chattanooga eEdition

Former Fox News chief hit with more allegations of harassment

NEW YORK — A Fox News contributor came forward Monday to level more sexual harassment allegations against deposed chief executive Roger Ailes, two days after it was revealed that the network’s popular on-air personality, Bill O’Reilly, has settled multiple complaints about his own behavior.

O’Reilly was due to return to the air on Monday following a weekend report in The New York Times that he and his employer had paid five women a total of $13 million to settle allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate conduct.

The new lawsuit against Ailes was brought by Fox’s Julie Roginsky and is notable because it accuses Fox’s current management of trying to cover up for Ailes.

Roginsky said that Ailes, who lost his job last summer following sexual harassment complaints that he has denied, suggested she have sex with “older, married, conservative men.” She said Ailes would insist upon a hello kiss at their meetings, requiring Roginsky to bend over so he could look down her dress.

She was seeking a permanent role on Fox’s show “The Five.” But after a meeting in April 2015 during which she turned down Ailes’ advances, he wouldn’t meet with her again, and she never got the regular role on the late afternoon show, she said.

Later, she said, she was pressured to join “Team Roger,” a group of people who publicly defended Ailes when the first harassment complaint made public against the Fox boss was brought by Gretchen Carlson last summer.

Roginsky refused.

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