Fox 'News' Scrambles To Bury Ex-Boss Ailes' Pervy Recordings As 8-Figure Lawsuit Looms

Fox ‘News’ Scrambles To Bury Ex-Boss Ailes’ Pervy Recordings As 8-Figure Lawsuit Looms

You know you’re a chronic pig when you’ve used your power and influence so frequently to sexually harass women that you’ve been secretly recorded doing so not by one woman, but by several. That’s the position former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is finding himself in these days, and his gluttonous indiscretions will likely cost him millions as talk of an eight-figure settlement circles on high—all thanks to secret recordings that will likely play a powerful role in the suit against him.

According to Vanity Fair, the lascivious recordings could force Ailes, as well as 21st Century Fox, to settle the suit brought on by former Fox host Gretchen Carlson, and settling won’t come cheap. Carlson’s suit is so strong that the 76-year-old Ailes resigned July 21, a mere 15 days after it was filed in Bergen County, N.J.

The Hill reports that “a source close to the situation” said it will likely be “many months” before Ailes’ replacement is secured. In the meantime, good old Rupert Murdoch has stepped in to take the reins.

Team Ailes dropped a motion, Monday, to shift the lawsuit to a federal court in New York. Now, a Jersey court will opt for either arbitration or a full-on trial.

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Lawsuit upon Lawsuit

Carlson’s lawsuit isn’t the only mustard staining Ailes’ tie these days, either. Just as Vanity Fair’s report came out, yet another Fox News host has stepped forward with similar charges. Andrea Tantaros has alleged via her lawyer that Ailes “engaged in inappropriate conduct with her as well.” Interestingly, Tantaros has been removed from the air since last April due to a “contract dispute,” but that’s just a coincidence, right?

Let’s not forget that what the king gets away with, his cronies will try. Likely, such behavior is pervasive throughout the Fox environment, which is why you’d be hard-pressed to find a female reporter or pundit on the station not flashing a whole lot of leg and cleavage. What do you expect from such a shoddy “news” service, anyway? If the content is low, better help pique some interest by showing as much skin as possible. Is it any wonder, considering the audience pandered to by Fox?

What a shame it’s taken 76 years before such a purveyor of sexism got knocked on his ass.

H/T: The Hill | Featured image by Drew Angerer via Getty News Images

Dylan Hock is a writer, educator, and social activist. He serves as a board member of The James Jackson Museum of African American History and volunteers as an officer for the Ezra Pound Society. He is published in Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity.