New Accuser Shares Alleged Roger Ailes Hotel Comment

CNN's Alisyn Camerota speaks on 'Reliable Sources'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2017 2:07 PM CDT
New Accuser Shares Alleged Roger Ailes Hotel Comment
In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, Alisyn Camerota attends the 23rd Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Bill O'Reilly may have been the Fox News personality making headlines this week, but Alisyn Camerota has nudged the spotlight back toward Roger Ailes. The co-anchor of CNN's New Day, who spent a decade at Fox before jumping networks in 2014, now says she too was sexually harassed by Ailes; in a statement, an attorney for Ailes called her story "fictional." That story, which Camerota shared Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources, is "the time that I remember most," she says: She was single and a newbie at Fox, and recalls being in Ailes' office to discuss how she could advance her career.

Camerota says he advised that they'd have to work more closely, "really closely," and "it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here, and it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I'm saying?' And I said 'Yeah, I think I do know what you're saying.'" She said no hotel encounter took place ("I knew in my head at that moment I'm never going to that hotel under any circumstances"), but that Ailes' attitude toward her shifted as it became clear no such encounter ever would, with a sort of "emotional harassment" beginning. Camerota characterized Ailes as "quite charismatic" and "uproariously funny" on the one hand but also "kind of grossly inappropriate." Watch the interview in full here. (More Roger Ailes stories.)

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