Fox News fans were stunned last week when popular host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against network head Roger Ailes claiming that he sexually harassed her by firing her after she refused to sleep with him. Now, however, a document has leaked that contains evidence that Carlson lied about these allegations.
According to Conservative Tribune, Carlson claims in her lawsuit that she rejected Ailes’ advances during a meeting last September, causing him to fire her months later. Now, a memo written by Ailes on September 16, 2015, days after he met with Carlson, has been leaked to LawNewz, and it reveals he had no plans to fire her at that time.
“I met with Gretchen and I think we’ll give it another chance,” read the memo directed at Bill Shine, head of programming at Fox News. “Let me know how the promo schedule has changed. Gretchen wants her slot back on Culture Warrior with Bill O’Reilly. Take his temperature on it and also check her rantings on it. She claims her ratings went up whenever she was on.”
“We might as well put her on Fox & Friends for a promo segment on her show to see if it works,” it continued. “Ask Petterson to keep a close eye on it. See if there’s a way to use her on radio also.”
Nothing about this memo suggests that Ailes was even considering firing Carlson after she supposedly rejected his advances.
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