(LAWNEWZ) — An internal memo, obtained exclusively by LawNewz.com, could become a sticking point in a lawsuit filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
In her lawsuit, Carlson’s most damning claim is that during a September 2015 meeting in Ailes’ office, he stated to her: “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.” She then claims that following the meeting, in retaliation for her opposition to his advances, he denied her opportunities including “severely curtailing her appearances as a guest commentator on prime time shows” and “blocking her from appearing as a substitute host on prime time or daytime panel shows.”
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However, a memo, provided to us by Fox News, paints a different picture. Just days after the September 16, 2015 meeting, Ailes apparently told Bill Shine, the head of programming, to give it “another chance.” Ailes even suggested that he would be open to putting Carlson back on her time slot with primetime host Bill O’Reilly.