- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

Former Fox News anchor Lauren Sivan said Roger Ailes, the news channel’s late CEO and founder, sexually harassed her — on one occasion by making her sit in his lap.

“I remember he had me sit on his lap. He didn’t think I was projecting my voice properly and wanted to feel my diaphragm,” she said in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue. “I knew this was not OK. But all the women there who wanted a career walked this fine line with Roger.”

Ms. Sivan also said that on at least one occasion Ailes asked her to “twirl for him” so he could get a look at her backside, and that he was often criticizing female talent at the network who showed up wearing long skirts or wearing flat shoes instead of high heels.

Ailes died at the age of 77 in May. In July 2016, Mr. Ailes was made to resign his post at Fox News — months shy of the network’s landmark 20th anniversary — in the wake of mounting allegations of a history of sexual harassment from former employees. 

The dam on that deluge first broke when former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with her lawsuit filing against Ailes.

NDAs were also long a critical defensive bulwark long employed by disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, whom Ms. Sivan has also accused of gross sexual impropriety.

Closing her THR piece, Ms. Sivan offered a two-step plan to “stopping sexual misconduct … 1) Believe women. 2) Get rid of NDAs.”

“They protect perpetrators, not victims,” she wrote.


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