The most shocking details from Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against FOX News CEO Roger Ailes

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Gretchen Carlson Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

Longtime FOX News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that she was fired from the network after rebuffing the sexual advances of CEO Roger Ailes.

The former "FOX & Friends" anchor claims she was fired on June 23 after more than a decade with the network as retaliation for rejecting Ailes.

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Carlson has opened up before about sexual harassment in the workplace. In her book 'Getting Real,' she claimed a top TV executive once "threw himself on top of me and stuck his tongue down my throat."

You can read Carlson's entire complaint against Ailes at this link -- here are some of the more shocking details:

  • Carlson claims, during a meeting to discuss previous discriminatory treatment towards her, Ailes said "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago" and that "sometimes problems are easier to solve" that way.
  • During that meeting, the lawsuit claims he "made it clear to Carlson that he had the power to make anything happen for her if she listened to him and 'understood' what he was saying."
  • Ailes also allegedly commented "repeatedly about Carlson's legs" and asked her "to turn around so he could view her posterior."
  • The lawsuit also reveals that Carlson complained about former co-host Steve Doocy, who she says created a "hostile work environment by regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way, including putting his hand on her and pulling down her arm to shush her during a live telecast."
  • When Ailes learned of Carlson's complaints he allegedly labeled her a "man hater" who needed to learn to "get along with the boys."
  • As punishment for her complaints, the lawsuit claims Ailes fired her from 'FOX & Friends,' reduced her compensation and refused to provide her with network support.

Ailes has been accused of improper conduct with employees before. According to The New York Times, while at NBC in the 1980s Ailes offered an employee an additional $100 each week "if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want."

FOX News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes issued the following statement to

Gretchen Carlson's allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When FOX News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit. Ironically, FOX News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11 year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.

See more of Carlson through the years:

Gretchen Carlson through the years
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Gretchen Carlson through the years
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)
Gretchen Carlson (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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