A new lawsuit includes additional allegations of sexual harassment by former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the New York Times reports.
Lidia Curanaj, a reporter at Fox 5, filed a lawsuit against Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, on Tuesday, claiming that Ailes harassed her while she was applying for a job at his network. A spokesman for 21st Century Fox declined to comment on the lawsuit’s claims to the Times.
According to the suit, Ailes set up a private job interview with Curanaj, in which she alleges he asked her to twirl for him. She also claimed that Ailes said that the network’s “recipe for success” was to show female anchors’ legs.
Ailes, who could not be reached for comment by the Times, resigned from Fox News in July amid a wave of sexual harassment claims from current and former female staffers at Fox News, including Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly. Ailes has denied all allegations of sexual harassment.
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According to the lawsuit, Ailes first met Curanaj in 2011 while she was attending a dinner with New York State Senator Gregory Ball. After his interview with Curanaj, Ailes allegedly reached out to Ball and asked him about their sex life and whether Curanaj “put out” sexually. Ball told Ailes that she was a “very nice girl” and implied that she wouldn’t “put out” for Ailes.
Ailes allegedly told Curanaj that he did not believe she was ready to work at Fox News and advised her to apply for jobs at Fox affiliate stations. “Ms. Curanaj did not receive the position at FNC because Ailes determined that she would not submit to him sexually,” the lawsuit alleges.
Curanaj was subsequently hired by Fox 5, where she alleges she faced discrimination from managers who told her she wasn’t attractive enough to be an anchor and cut her hours after she disclosed her pregnancy.