Roger Ailes, Fox News, Rape, Alleged Rape, Gretchen Carlson, Sexual Harassment, Rape Culture
Roger Ailes, Fox News, Rape, Alleged Rape, Gretchen Carlson, Sexual Harassment, Rape Culture

Fox News CEO Allegedly Tried To Rape Teen With His Hamburger Dick

An anonymous woman interviewed by New York Magazine claims that Fox News network CEO Roger Ailes tried to force her to have sex with him, and also that his penis looks like ground beef.

A little while ago, former Fox News presenter Gretchen Carlson sued her former boss, Roger Ailes, claiming that the head of the far-right propaganda juggernaut fired her for rejecting his sexual advances, among other sleazy behavior.

Since then, more and more women have been coming out of the woodwork with sexual harassment accusations of their own.

One woman, identified only as Susan (not her real name), tells an absolutely horrifying story. She alleges that Ailes invited her for a casting call, locked her in his office, then pulled out his terrible penis:

I was 16 years old living in Radnor, Pennsylvania. I was sent over for a walk-on part on The Mike Douglas Show in the winter of 1967. It was 6:30 in the evening and the place was totally closing up. Ailes took me into this big office and locked the door with a key. He reclined on a couch in a seating area under a map that had flags of all the cities they were syndicated in. He proceeded to pull down his pants and very gingerly pull out his genitals and said, “Kiss them.” And they were red like raw hamburger.

By the way she tells it, it sounds like this sort of behavior was routine for Ailes:

He was pretty meticulously dressed, with long white shirttails coming out. It was like he was just at the end of a long day and I was supposed to know what to do.

When Susan rebuffed his advances, he chased her around the room to try to force himself upon her. Locking someone in a room and trying to use physical force in order to make her have sex with you is more than sexual harassment. It’s attempted rape:

I was a kid, I’d never seen a man’s privates before. I jumped up, but the door is locked and nobody’s out there.

Then, Susan says, the Fox News CEO and his angry red hamburger penis chased her around the room, presumably to force her into sex. Fortunately, she was faster than him (even in his youth, he was out of shape) and he gave up.

He chased me around the office and at some point it dawned on him that this just wasn’t going to happen. He finally pulled up his trousers.

Ailes ended the meeting by threatening her with blackmail. If you’re wondering how the incident could be used to blackmail her and not him, remember that the 1960s were a much different time. Women’s rights have come a long way since then.

He was very angry and rushed over to his desk, pulled open a door and had a reel-to-reel tape recorder going. He said to me, ‘Don’t tell anybody about this. I’ve got it all on tape.’ I think he knew I was sixteen.

Susan’s not the only woman whose meeting with Ailes went beyond sexual harassment and straight into sexual assault. A former model/actress identified as Jane (also not her real name) claims that whatever he did to her was so traumatizing that she repressed the memory:

I figured out pretty quickly there was no job and this was just ruse. He pulled out a garter belt and stockings and told me to put them on. I was very nervous; I didn’t know what to do. He was standing there and I put them on. He wanted me to model them for him. After that, something sexual took place, but I blocked it out of my mind. I don’t know if I engaged with him orally or he engaged with himself.

So Ailes might have (allegedly!) forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, which is considered rape in many places (excluding Oklahoma).

Fox News’s anchor Sean Hannity has come forward to defend his horrible beefy boss. He says that the allegations are false. He also claims that a lot of women will tell you that Roger Ailes is a great guy, though as of yet there don’t seem to be many women willing to defend Ailes who aren’t on the Fox News payroll.

This isn’t the first time Fox News made the news for sexual harassment. In 2005, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit accused the network’s Vice President Joe Chillemi of sexually harassing his employees. And a 2004 lawsuit (settled out of court) alleges that Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed a female producer by phoning her with a bizarre monologue about his Caribbean shower sex fantasies and Mediterranean food:

“So anyway I’d be rubbing your big boobs and getting your nipples really hard, kinda kissing your neck from behind… and then I would take the other hand with the falafel thing and I’d just put it on your pussy but you’d have to do it really light, just kind of a tease business…”

How shocking that a network that believes in regressive gender roles would have so little respect for women!


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