Following in the footsteps of Bill Cosby, after former Fox host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against Fox Head Roger Ailes, several other victims have spoken out.
Nancy Erika Smith, Carlson’s attorney, says that after her client filed the suit, she was flooded with phone calls from other victims.
“These are women who have never told these stories until now,” Smith explained. “Some are in lot of pain. He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone’s got their friend.”
Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a biography on Ailes in 2014, claims he talked with six women, who all accuse Ailes of using his power for sexual favors.
One of the women, 54-year-old Kellie Boyle, claimed that when she was 29 and married, she tried to get a job with the RNC and had an interview with Ailes.
“He had a driver and a car, and after dinner he said, ‘Can I take you to your friend’s?’ So we get in the car and that’s when he said, ‘You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.’ I was so taken aback. I said, ‘Gosh I didn’t know that. How would that work?’ I was trying to kill time because I didn’t know if he was going to attack me. I was just talking until I could get out of the car. He said, ‘That’s the way it works,’ and he started naming other women he’s had. He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone’s got their friend. I said, ‘Would I have to be friends with anybody else?’ And he said, ‘Well you might have to give a blowjob every once in a while.’ I told him I was going to have to think about this,” she remembered. “He said, ‘No, if you don’t do it now, you know that means you won’t.’ The next morning I show up to get my assignment and was told the guy I was supposed to be meeting with was unavailable. Back in New Jersey I got a call from Roger Ailes. He said, ‘How’d your meeting go?’ I said, ‘Actually he wasn’t available and I’m hoping to hear back from him.’ He said, ‘Ah, well, I’m sure you will. Have you changed your mind yet?’”
Another women with a story to tell was former model Susan, who claims she was only sixteen when Ailes solicited her.
“Ailes took me into this big office and locked the door with a key. He reclined on a couch in a seating area under a map that had flags of all the cities they were syndicated in. He proceeded to pull down his pants and very gingerly pull out his genitals and said, ‘Kiss them.’ And they were red like raw hamburger,” she explained, stating Ailes grew angry when she refused, before she added, “I think he knew I was sixteen.”