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MN native Gretchen Carlson sues Fox News chairman for sexual harassment

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Longtime news anchor and Minnesota native Gretchen Carlson has filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

Carlson, who the Star Tribune reports is from Anoka and in 1989 was named Miss America, filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, claiming Ailes fired her after she refused his sexual advances and that she was subject to "severe and pervasive harassment."

You can see a copy of the lawsuit here, courtesy of the New York Times.

She was fired on June 23 from her job presenting "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson" for Fox News, the lawsuit says.

Carlson claims Ailes retaliated against her rejection of his advances by "ostracizing, marginalizing and shunning her."

In a meeting nine months before she left the broadcaster, Ailes made it clear these problems would not have existed and would be solved "if she had a sexual relationship with him," the lawsuit says.

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She also claimed she had been subjected to sexual harassment from other members of the Fox team, complaining in September that Steve Doocy, her co-host on "Fox & Friends," was "regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way."

She said her contributions were belittled on air, she was mocked during commercial breaks and shunned off air, the lawsuit says.

When she brought these concerns to Ailes, the lawsuit says, he allegedly called her a "man hater," before telling her to "get along with the boys."

She was fired from "Fox & Friends" in 2013 and demoted, given a smaller salary, which she again says was in retaliation for not acceding to sexual harassment.

Firing not announced

Carlson's termination last month was not announced by Fox at the time, and she herself tweeted that she was "on holiday," according to Politico.

In a statement to the website on Wednesday, she said: "I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career. Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace.

"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."

Fox News has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

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