Roger Ailes and Fox News formally parted ways just weeks after former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment against the CEO. Now, according to a report by Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine, at least one former Fox News employee, a booker named Laurie Luhn, experienced not just years of unwanted sexual advances, but apparent psychological manipulation by Ailes, for which he was allegedly given cover by other high-ranking Fox News executives, including Fox’s legal counsel, Dianne Brandi; the channel’s former Washington bureau chief, Kim Hume; and Ailes’ former deputy, Bill Shine. We encourage you to read about Luhn’s harrowing tale in full, but among the details that stand out are:
- Ailes allegedly coerced Luhn into dancing in his hotel room wearing lingerie, then blackmailed her with video footage of her doing so;
- He allegedly convinced Luhn to “recruit” other female subordinates, which meant placing them in situations, such as an after-work meeting in his private office, where they would be vulnerable to his sexual entreaties;
- He allegedly demanded that Luhn “engage in sadomasochistic sex with another woman while he watched” on three different occasions;
- And that most of the above, save perhaps the explicit details of Ailes’ sexual demands on Luhn, were an open secret within Fox News.