Fox Scandal: More Ailes Allegations, O'Reilly Fallout
Mercedes-Benz is pulling ads
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2017 7:14 PM CDT
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In this combination photo, former Fox News contributor Wendy Walsh, left, appears at a news conference in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles on Monday, April 3, 2017, and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. Walsh...   (Uncredited)
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(Newser) – A Fox News contributor came forward to level more sexual-harassment allegations against deposed chief executive Roger Ailes on Monday, two days after it was revealed the network's most popular on-air personality, Bill O'Reilly, has settled multiple complaints about his own behavior with women, the AP reports. O'Reilly was due to return to the air on Monday following a weekend report in the New York Times that he and his employer had paid five women $13 million to settle allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate conduct by Fox's ratings king. Meanwhile, the lawyer for another woman who says she was punished for rebuffing O'Reilly's advances called on New York City's Human Rights Commission to investigate O'Reilly's behavior. A spokesman for the commission said no claim had yet been filed

The new lawsuit against Ailes was brought by Fox's Julie Roginsky and is notable because it accuses Fox's current management of trying to cover up for Ailes. Roginsky said Ailes, who lost his job last summer following sexual-harassment complaints he has denied, suggested she have sex with "older, married, conservative men." She said Ailes would insist upon a kiss hello at their meetings, requiring her to bend over so he could look down her dress. She was seeking a permanent role on Fox's show The Five. But after an April 2015 meeting at which she turned down Ailes' advances, he wouldn't meet with her again, and she never got the regular role, she said. Also Monday, Mercedes-Benz said it's pulling ads from The O'Reilly Factor because of host Bill O'Reilly's sexual-harassment "controversy." (O'Reilly brushed off the controversy over the weekend.)

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