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Almost nine months after Roger Ailes was ousted from his position as chairman of Fox News Channel, another woman has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against him and the network.

A Fox News commentator sued the network for sexual harassment, adding to a pile of complaints since former host Gretchen Carlson launched a bombshell lawsuit against the company a year ago.

Lord's note came a few hours after Fox News was hit with a suit by current contributor Julie Roginsky and just days after two current accounting employees sued the network for "years-long relentless racial animus".

Susan Estrich, an attorney who is representing Ailes, said in an email that her client "vociferously denies the allegations" and that Roginsky's description of meetings with him were "total hogwash".

In September, Fox News settled the Carlson lawsuit for a reported $20 million, and apologized for her treatment on the job.

Roginsky began appearing as a commentator on Fox News in 2004.

Separately, The New York Times reported this past weekend that Bill O'Reilly, a star Fox News commentator, has been accused of harassment by at least five women associated with the network.

The suit alleges that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances while leading her to believe that a promotion would follow, "Ailes led Roginsky to believe that she would receive a permanent position as a host on "The Five'".

Roginsky asserted in the suit that she faced retaliation for refusing Ailes' advances.

"The idea that Mr. Ailes would pressure Ms. Roginsky or any other women to have sexual relations with him is total nonsense", she wrote, adding that the lawsuit was part of a "massive character assassination". Roginsky was pulled as a contributor on "The Five" and placed on "Outnumbered", but was not allowed to lead her own segments, the lawsuit states.

Politico published the entire lawsuit, which claims that Fox News, Ailes and Shine "unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career".

The suit claims that Ailes repeatedly called Roginsky into his office for one-on-one meetings and "would frequently steer the conversation to Roginsky's personal life". She stated that Fox News did not investigate her complaints or instruct her to contact the lawyers at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the firm that conducted an internal investigation into sexual harassment issues at Fox News.

Julie Roginsky, a paid commentator for Fox, said in the lawsuit, which was filed in NY and posted on her attorney's website, that Fox News co-president Bill Shine retaliated against her when she refused to malign another woman, Gretchen Carlson, who had accused Ailes of harassment.

  • Larry Hoffman