Fox News has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former contributor Julie Roginsky, TheWrap has confirmed. Roginsky says former network chief Roger Ailes kept her from a position on “The Five” after she refused to engage in a sexual relationship with him.
Ailes “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career,” the suit reads. Roginsky began appearing as a commentator on Fox News in 2004 and remained on-air as a contributor during much of her litigation.
Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine was also named in the original complaint. The settlement amount was not disclosed. In her original suit, Roginsky said that Ailes’ actions led not just to economic damage, but severe emotional distress.
“As a direct and proximate result of Defendant Fox News’ conduct, Roginsky has suffered damage to her career path, adverse job consequences, including economic damages, and continues to suffer damages, including severe mental, physical and emotional stress, pain and suffering, anxiety, stress, humiliation, exacerbation of existing medical conditions and personal sickness, loss of enjoyment of life and damage to her reputation and career,” the lawsuit states.