Gretchen Carlson Defends Women Who Wait to Report Assault

Gretchen Carlson made waves at Fox News this summer when the former anchor sued then-CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.

Carlson’s lawsuit, which was ultimately settled, claimed that she was let go from Fox News as retaliation for rejecting Ailes’ sexual advances. And she isn’t done speaking about sexual harassment, telling Time magazine that she plans to testify before Congress to help change the law on forced arbitration.

Carlson recently sat down for her first TV interview since suing Ailes, with ABC News’ Amy Robach, which will air on Friday’s 20/20. In a clip that aired on Thursday’s Good Morning America, Carlson said she didn’t think the public should judge women who wait to come forward with charges of sexual harassment.

“I don’t think we should judge women if they have waited, because look at how we react to women when they finally do come forward,” Carlson said. “They’re accused of making it up. We have to make it a safer environment so that it’s no longer ‘he said, she said’ but maybe just ‘she said.'”

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