Roger Ailes, Fox News CEO resigns over sexual harassment charges

July 22, 2016 10:24 am

Roger Ailes, the founder and
chairman of the Fox American channel, has resigned after a
number of female employees accused him of sexual harassment.

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, which owns Fox News, announced his resignation on Thursday.
Less than two weeks ago, former Fox News presenter Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes, claiming sexual harassment.
Further
allegations surfaced recently in media that Ailes had sexually
harassed Megyn Kelly, another Fox News presenter, about 10 years ago.
Ailes, 76, has denied the allegations. He said  he was resigning because he had become a “distraction.”
“I
will not allow my presence to become a distraction from the work that
must be done every day,” Ailes wrote in a letter to Murdoch.
A
report published last week in the New York magazine said lawyers for
21st Century Fox gave Ailes a deadline of August 1 to resign or face
termination.
Carlson claims she was fired for refusing to have sex
with Ailes. “I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women
and the next generation of women in the workplace,” Carlson said.
Ailes
had denied Carlson’s allegations, saying in a statement, “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.”
Ailes, who launched Fox News in 1996, has long been viewed as one of America’s most powerful conservatives.
He
was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald
Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral
campaign.
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