Another lawsuit has been filed that involves former Fox News network chief Roger Ailes. He faces new sexual harassment accusations in the lawsuit filed against 21st Century Fox. The lawsuit comes just months after Fox News agreed to pay $20 million to settle separate allegations of sexual harassment of female staff at Fox News by Ailes. The federal discrimination lawsuit filed in New York alleges that Ailes offered Lidia Curanaj, whose legal name is Lidija Ujkic, an interview to join the Fox News Network after meeting her at a dinner in 2011.
It’s alleged in the complaint that after being interviewed in a group setting, Ailes invited the woman to a private interview. Allegedly, he then told her it was “important [for female talent] to look good from head to toe,” and asked her to stand and turn around for him. The suit also alleged that Ailes later contacted a man Ms. Curanaj previously dated asking if she would “put out” sexually. The man told Ailes she likely would not, the suit said, after which she was turned down for the job.
Ailes has consistently denied similar sexual harassment allegations, but lots of money has been paid out to his alleged victims. Curanaj’s lawsuit does not name Ailes or Fox News as a Defendant, but rather alleges gender, age, race and pregnancy discrimination on the part of her employer, New York Fox TV station WNYW.
The suit claims that when Ms. Curanaj confronted the station’s news director about not being promoted to anchor despite her journalistic experience and successes, he replied she was “not attractive enough to be an anchor.” A spokeswoman for Fox TV Stations, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox (FOXA.O), denied fault in an emailed statement. It should be noted that Fox News in September agreed to pay $20 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. A subsequent internal investigation of the company turned up more than two dozen women who described harassment by Ailes, according to New York Magazine.
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