RantCrush Top 5: April 4, 2017

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New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Fox News

As Fox News is still recovering from last year’s sexual harassment scandal that led to former chairman Roger Ailes’s resignation, a new lawsuit alleges that he also made unwanted sexual advances toward political commentator Julie Roginsky. Ailes allegedly promised her a huge promotion if she accepted his advances. She repeatedly turned him down and was never promoted. After Ailes left the network last summer the company promised to work to improve its corporate culture. But Roginsky’s testimony alleges that even after Ailes left, Fox remained a hostile environment for women. She claims that Fox’s current president Bill Shine, top lawyer Dianne Brandi, and other senior executives were all complicit in the sexual harassment.

Ailes’s attorney called the accusations “total hogwash.” But many other women have already sued and the New York Times reported this weekend that several women have received a total of $13 million over the past decade to settle similar complaints against Bill O’Reilly. Now, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have both withdrawn their ads from his show, “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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