Fox News fans were stunned this week when Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against network CEO Roger Ailes accusing him of sexually harassing her. Now, popular host Greta Van Susteren has broken her silence about the bombshell allegations.
“I hate injustice,” Van Susteren told Daily Beast.
“Go through my ‘Gretawire,’” she added, referring to her blog. “I defend CNN! I defend all sorts of people when I think it’s wrong.”
The acclaimed host went on to defend 76 year-old Ailes from the accusations.
“Historically, I don’t like it when I think somebody is being falsely accused or wronged. I’m an old criminal defense attorney,” Van Susteren continued. “This one’s wrong, based on my experience. The facts I know are that this is not the Roger Ailes I’ve ever heard about or seen.”
“People talk. You hear a lot, and I never heard this,” she said. “Frankly, I’ve got to tell you. You know me. I’m pretty bold. If I heard that, I’d probably say something to Roger. I haven’t anything to lose. If I didn’t do this I’d go teach at law school. I’m not a wilting flower.”
Van Susteren added that she has no reason to defend Ailes out of fear.
“I have no reason to curry favor with Roger Ailes. I can assure you that there’s nothing Roger can do for me or against me. My contract is with the corporation. I’m not trying to get a new one,” she explained. “I’m not for sale in this situation. You know that. If I didn’t think this, I wouldn’t be doing this.”
“I was shocked by her lawsuit,” Van Susteren said of Carlson, noting that the two know each other professionally. “I went through it [the lawsuit] and it’s completely foreign to my experience, and my knowledge of the environment. Don’t forget: I’m a lawyer with two law degrees [a juris doctor and master of law from Georgetown University]. I wouldn’t stick around if this were a weird place like that.”
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