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by Tobias Burns
The new revelations arrive in Gabriel Sherman’s New York magazine feature.
Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes, filed in July, may boast a previously unknown piece of evidence: tapes of Ailes making sexually inappropriate comments, recorded by Carlson on her iPhone.
In his bombshell New York magazine feature, Ailes chronicler Gabriel Sherman reports that Carlson began sneaking her iPhone into meetings with Ailes in 2014, to capture the executive making the sort of sexually suggestive remarks that Carlson had allegedly heard him make repeatedly in the past.
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Ailes said, according to the article.
Another purported line from Ailes to Carlson: “I’m sure you can do sweet nothings when you want to.”
Ailes has repeatedly denied all sexual harassment charges brought against him, though the Sherman report suggests that Ailes may settle out of court with Carlson for a lofty eight-figure sum. More than a dozen women have come forward to accuse of Ailes of sexual harassment, including former Republican national committee field adviser Kellie Boyle and former model Marsha Callahan.
The Fox News Channel, a subsidiary of the Murdoch family-helmed 21st Century Fox, bid adieu to Ailes in July, about two weeks after the Carlson suit was filed on July 6. The network launched a speedy investigation into Ailes’ conduct, the findings of which have yet to be released, and Rupert Murdoch assumed Ailes’ position at the head of the network.
Neither Fox News nor a representative for Gretchen Carlson immediately responded to a request for comment for this article.
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