- Carlson seeks to block effort by Ailes to force arbitration
- Fox anchor Kelly also reportedly said Ailes made advances
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson asked a federal judge to keep her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes in court and not to send the case to arbitration.
Lawyers for Carlson are trying to stop Ailes from moving her lawsuit from New Jersey state court to New York federal court and forcing the case into private arbitration under the terms of her contract.
Carlson’s latest move came in a quickly escalating battle with the powerful chairman of Fox News in the wake of her lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment after her contract was not renewed. Carlson alleged Ailes told her in September 2015, as the clock was ticking on her contract, that they "should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago.”
New York magazine reported Tuesday that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly told investigators that Ailes made unwelcome sexual advances toward her about 10 years ago. The reports have raised questions about the continued tenure of Ailes, a top lieutenant of 21st Century Fox Co-Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, with the company. The network said Tuesday that its internal review is continuing.
Carlson is "still coping with the consequences of crass sexual harassment and retaliation, including termination of her 11-year employment" and should be allowed to proceed with her case in court, her lawyers said in Monday’s filing in Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey.
The case is Carlson v. Ailes, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County (Hackensack).