The salacious nature of the lawsuit, filed in Bergen County, N.J., generated immediate headlines online.
Ailes allegedly also commented on Carlson's legs, spoke of intimate relationships with former Miss Americas at a public event, and would ask Carlson to "turn around so he could view her posterior". Carlson says her former co-host Steve Doocy continually harassed her by mocking her during commercial breaks, giving her the cold shoulder on air, and "refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop".
Longtime Fox News anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News.
Update: Politico reported that both 21st Century Fox and Ailes released statements, with the latter calling Carlson's lawsuit retaliation for her contract not being renewed due to "disappointingly low ratings". The 11-year Fox employee was anchoring a 2 p.m. show when she said she was sacked on June 23 at the end of her contract.
"The defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously", he stated.
"We take these matters seriously", the statement continued.
Carlson, a top Fox personality, had been with the network for more than a decade.
She alleges Ailes had retaliated against her because of complaints she had made about discrimination and harassment.
"Sexual harassment can really affect you for a long time and I want more women to come forward", she told the Star Tribune at the time.
Carlson said that when Ailes learned of her complaints about Doocy, he called her a "man hater" and "killer" who needed to learn how to "get along with the boys".
She added, "I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day".
'We believe that the evidence will confirm that Gretchen was sacked from Fox & Friends for speaking up about demeaning and discriminatory behavior on and off the set, ' said Nancy Erika Smith of Smith Mullin PC, who is representing Carlson. Although Doocy isn't named as a defendant in the lawsuit, he is accused of making sarcastic and insulting statements about Carlson.
The complaint seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.