Fox News contributor accuses Roger Ailes of sexual harassment

Several women have accused former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, including Gretchen CarlsonAndrea Tantaros and Megyn Kelly. And now there’s another.

On Monday, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the network became public.

>> Read the complaint here

The lawsuit states that Ailes offered Roginsky a position on “The Five” in exchange for a sexual relationship. Rognisky declined the offer.

Other allegations of inappropriate behaviors included Ailes inquiring about her relationships, suggesting that she pursue sexual relationships with “older, married, conservative men,” speaking inappropriately about other female employees, and offering other comments that suggested he was interested in a sexual relationship.

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Roginsky’s lawsuit also reports instances of retaliation after denying his advances. Roginsky was pulled as a contributor on “The Five” and placed on “Outnumbered,” but was not allowed to lead her own segments, the lawsuit states. She also feared verbal attacks, as was custom for the other women who reported harassment.

Roginsky is being represented by Nancy Erika Smith, who also represented Carlson.

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Susan Estrich, Ailes’ attorney, informed Business Insider that Ailes denied the allegations.

“Her interactions with Mr. Ailes were not even close to the fictional version she wants people to believe now,” Estrich said. She also said it was “total nonsense” to suggest that Ailes would pressure Roginsky or any other woman to participate in sexual relations.

Although Ailes has since stepped down, seemingly with very little financial impact, Fox News’ woes are not yet over.

Several days before, it was also discovered that the network and host Bill O’Reilly paid $13 million in settlements to five women who claimed instances of sexual harassment. The alleged harassment included “verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances" and phone calls.

In this combination photo, Fox contributor Julie Roginsky, left, appears on "The Five" television program, on the Fox News Channel on March 30, 2015, in New York and then Fox News head Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" on Feb. 9, 2015 in New York. Roginsky said that a promised position on the Fox show "The Five" never happened after she rejected Ailes' sexual advances. In a complaint filed in New York state Supreme Court on Monday, April 3, 2017, Roginsky said she was pressured to defend Ailes when Gretchen Carlson filed the initial harassment complaint against him but that she refused. ((AP) Photo/Richard Drew, left, and Charles Sykes, File) (AP)

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