On Wednesday, former Fox News co-host Gretchen Carlson’s attorneys filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who immediately denied the allegations, calling them “offensive and “defamatory.”
But since then, more than a dozen women have gotten in touch with Carlson’s attorney to detail their own allegations of sexual harassment by Ailes, according to New York Magazine. The allegations span a period of 25 years, beginning in the 1960s when Ailes was a producer on The Mike Douglas Show.
New York Magazine spoke with six of these women, two on the record and four anonymously, who shared their stories publicly for the first time. The two women who went on the record are Kellie Boyle, a former Republican National Committee field adviser, and Marsha Callahan, a former model.
Gabriel Sherman, who’s written a book about Ailes, pointed out in New York Magazine that Ailes’ attorneys are clearly aware of these women’s stories and already trying to minimize their impact on Carlson’s lawsuit and public opinion:
Ailes is clearly trying to keep these stories out of the press and the courts. Late on Friday, his lawyers filed a motion in federal court in New Jersey seeking to move Carlson’s lawsuit to arbitration, which would prevent witnesses from being called in court. “Plaintiff’s ploy of filing in Superior Court to justify her shameless publicity campaign against Roger Ailes should not be countenanced,” Ailes’s lawyers argued. Carlson’s lawyers responded in a statement: “Roger Ailes is trying to force this case into a secret arbitration proceeding...Gretchen never agreed to arbitrate anything with Mr. Ailes.