Julie Roginsky appeared on Fox News less than 24 hours after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network, former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and current co-president Bill Shine.
The Fox News contributor made her usual, weekly appearance on “America’s Newsroom” at 10:43 a.m. ET despite claims released on Monday that Fox News, Ailes and Shine “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career.”
Roginsky did not address the lawsuit during her on-air appearance.
Roginsky was brought on to discuss former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice allegedly ‘unmasking’ names of Trump officials. The liberal Roginsky made it clear she does’t think the report of Rice unmasking officials does anything to vindicate President Trump’s wiretapping claims
Meanwhile, Roginsky is represented by attorney Nancy Erica Smith, who also represented Gretchen Carlson in her lawsuit against the network. Ailes stepped down in disgrace last summer after Carlson came forward with allegations that resulted in numerous women making similar claims.
Roginsky’s suit claims that Ailes repeatedly called her into his office for one-on-one meetings and “would frequently steer the conversation to Roginsky’s personal life.” The document also says that Ailes would often make sexist comments about other Fox News employees.
Back in September, Fox News settled Carlson’s suit and even offered an apology. She reportedly received $20 million, but the network didn’t release financial details. Despite the settlement, Ailes has denied all allegations.
“Shine retaliated against Plaintiff because of her complaints of harassment and retaliation and because Plaintiff refused to malign Gretchen Carlson and join ‘Team Roger’ when Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment,” the suit reads.
The document claims that Roginsky left the Republican National Convention a day early last July because of intense pressure to defend Ailes. Roginsky said that Fox News never investigated her complaints, and that other network executives were aware of her harassment and retaliation claims.
Roginsky began appearing as a commentator on Fox News in 2004.
In addition to punitive damages and legal fees, Roginsky is also seeking “compensatory damages for all back and future loss of wages, lost income, benefits, retirement losses, stock benefits losses, pain, suffering, stress, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional harm and personal physical injury and physical sickness, as well as damage to her reputation, damage to career path and loss of income.”
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