Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News host, has finally spoken publicly about the sexual harassment lawsuit she filed against the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes.

In an interview with the New York Times, she went over the nature of the claims she made in the complaint, which included the underlying fact that Ailes retaliated against her refusal of his sexual advances as well as her complaints about sexual harassment in the workplace by firing her.

“I just wanted to stand up for myself, first and foremost, and I want to stand up for other women who maybe faced similar circumstances,” Carlson told the New York Times.

She also mentioned that she complained of harassment years ago in 2009 when Steve Doocy, her co-anchor at the time, pulled her arm down on the show to “quiet” her. Not only did her complaints go unattended, but the network’s chair would degrade her himself by making lewd comments and talking about her body.

According to the suit, Ailes told her, “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,” at one point.

She spoke about how this type of language was “continuous” in the interview, and when asked about whether or not there is a problem with Fox New culture, she responded with: ““Everyone knew how powerful Roger Ailes was. I certainly felt intimidated by that. The culture of ‘Fox and Friends’ was intimidating to me.”

Following the lawsuit, six more women came forward to accuse Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in an interview with New York Magazine and in fact, these women, including Carlson, aren’t the first group to do so. Gabriel Sherman’s 2014 biography of Roger Ailes features interviews with four women who claimed the CEO made unwanted sexual advances or comments in the workplace.

Roger Ailes, of course, has denied all accountability in Carlson’s case, claiming that low ratings were the reason they chose not to renew her contract.

“It was cold and calculating,” she said in regards to this. “It took 30 seconds, there was no ‘Thank you for your service of 11 years,’ and there was absolutely no discussion of ratings.”

Ailes hasn’t fallen short of people in his corner to publically defend him. Why do they continue to offer him support despite the numerous allegations against him? According to Carlson, it’s because they’re still being paid by the network.

Since the lawsuit went public, videos have been posted of uncomfortable sexist moments in Fox News history, some of which depicted Gretchen’s ad lib comments in response to her co-hosts’ remarks which at times revealed her discomfort, though the anchor kept a smile aimed at the camera.

“A lot has been said that I’ve been sending signals and signs on occasion. That’s true. I was sending a signal about how I felt.”

When asked about her motives for filing the lawsuit, she simply said, “To stand up for what happened to me and what was the truth.”

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