Fox News’ Sexual-Harassment Scandal Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier

Gretchen Carlson secretly recorded meetings with former chairman Roger Ailes.

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Nearly two months after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit alleging Roger Ailes fired her after refusing his sexual advances, a new and revealing report by New York Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman is bringing to light new allegations about the now-ousted Fox News chairman’s behavior with women employees.

It also reveals that starting in 2014, Carlson began secretly recording private meetings she had with Ailes. One recording reportedly includes him telling Carlson that the two of them should have started a sexual relationship years ago.

“Then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Ailes can allegedly be heard saying in one recording.

One former makeup artist for the network, Karem Alsina, also claims that women routinely came to her to make sure they were properly dolled up before private meetings with Ailes. “One of them came back down after a meeting,” Alsina told the magazine, “and the makeup on her nose and chin were gone.”

Sherman’s reporting also includes Megyn Kelly’s suspicion that Donald Trump was responsible for possibly drugging her after the two clashed at last summer’s Republican primary debate:

Kelly received death threats from viewers, according to a person close to her. Kelly had even begun to speculate, according to one Fox source, that Trump might have been responsible for her getting violently ill before the debate last summer. Could he have paid someone to slip something into her coffee that morning in Cleveland? she wondered to colleagues.

Ailes, who was fired following the allegations from other women with similar claims, has denied any wrongdoing. To read Sherman’s reporting in its entirety, head to New York.


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