Roger Ailes Estate, Rupert Murdoch Sued by 21st Century FOX Shareholders
Roger Ailes Estate Sued He Covered Up Sexual Harassment And It’s Costing Shareholders
Roger Ailes, the late CEO of FOX News, engaged in a campaign to cover up sexual harassment and racial discrimination, which cost 21st Century FOX shareholders millions of dollars … according to a new lawsuit.
According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Ailes paid former FOX employee Laurie Luhn $3.15 million in 2011 to keep quiet about 2 decades worth of allegations … which include sexual harassment at the hands of Ailes himself.
The suit also alleges a similar cover-up with Gretchen Carlson — claiming she was paid $20 mil and given a public apology to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit she’d filed against Ailes. The shareholders call out Ailes for his alleged treatment of Megyn Kelly too. According to the docs, Ailes made sexually charged comments about her lingerie, and offered her promotions in exchange for sexual favors.
All in all, the suit claims 20th Century FOX has paid more than $55 million to settle sexual harassment and discrimination suits. It also points out dozens advertisers have run for the hills since the Bill O’Reilly scandal broke. For instance, Bank of America and BMW pulling out has cost FOX more than $3 million, according to the suit.
The shareholders are suing Ailes’ estate, FOX CEO Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, who are also FOX honchos.