Ex-FOX News Host Gretchen Carlson files sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes

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Anchor Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Fox CEO Roger Ailes

Longtime FOX News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a lawsuit against the network's chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, alleging that she was dismissed after she rebuffed Ailes' sexual advances.

The lawsuit, which has been obtained by TheWrap, was filed on Wednesday in Bergen County, New Jersey.

FOX News has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

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Carlson claims that Ailes "sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive harassment."

According to the lawsuit, Ailes once said to Carlson: "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better."

Carlson allegedly refused his sexual advances, and her career at FOX News was ended nine months later.

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The suit claims that Ailes terminated Carlson "as a direct and proximate result" of the host denying his sexual advances and the loss of employment has caused "significant economic, emotional and professional harm."

Carlson claims that Ailes denied her "fair compensation, desirable assignments and other career-enhancing opportunities in retaliation for her complaints of harassment and discrimination."

"As you may have heard, I am no longer with Fox News. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me," Carlson said in a statement on her Facebook page.

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The suit also alleges that Carlson complained of former "FOX & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy back in 2009, claiming he created a hostile work environment by treating her in a sexist and condescending way. According to the court documents, Ailes' response to the complaint was that Carlson needed to learn to "get along with the boys."

Carlson claims Ailes once asked her to turn around so he could view her posterior, repeatedly commented on her legs and urged her to wear particular outfits. Ailes even allegedly said that if he could chose one person to be stranded on a desert island with, he would choose Carlson.

Carlson is a graduate of Stanford University and was named Miss America in 1989. She joined FOX News in 2005.

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GREENWICH, CT - JUNE 11: Gretchen Carlson attends Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media Panel at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival on June 12, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for GIFF)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 12: (L-R) Fox News Channel Host Gretchen Carlson speaks onstage during a 'Fireside Chat on Persecuted' panel at Variety's Purpose: The Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit in association with Rogers And Cowan at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on June 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Variety)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: (L-R) Fox & Friends hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on July 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Host Gretchen Carlson and Craig Morgan speak during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series at FOX Studios on July 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: (L-R) 'FOX & Friends' hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade greet the crowd during a taping of 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on July 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R) Cookbook authors brothers Jamie and Bobby Deen visit FOX & Friends and talk to host Gretchen Carlson, at FOX & Friends at FOX Studios on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Elmo and host Gretchen Carlson visits 'FOX & Friends' at the FOX Studios on November 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Ali Landry (C) poses for a photo with 'FOX & Friends' Co-hosts Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy outside the FOX studios on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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