‘Floodgates Are Opening’ as Allegations Against Powerful Men Reveal Scope of Sexual Assault and Harassment

by Jake Johnson – “Every sexual predator in every walk of professional life is—and should be—nervous that they will be exposed by this uprising.” As a slew of powerful and influential men—from former President George H.W. Bush to MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin to filmmaker James Toback—are facing hundreds of new sexual assault and harassment accusations in the aftermath of the explosive and horrifying Harvey Weinstein revelations, activists and commentators are increasingly coming to believe that something of a “culture-rattling revolution” is underway, one that many hope will change the way such behavior is perceived, discussed, and addressed in the United States and around the world. “There is Harvey Weinstein-like behavior in every industry,” wrote Buzzfeed journalist Alex Berg. “The floodgates are just opening up.” “Harvey Weinstein will go down as an historic figure, just not for the reasons he assumed,” added Axios‘s Mike Allen. “His outing as a sexist, dangerous pig triggered an uprising rarely seen: Abused women feel liberated to bring down powerful...

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Hollywood, Washington and the Enablers

by Neal Gabler – Weinstein has been vanquished, but Trump has paid no price for his depredations. This past week, with the revelations about disgraced former Miramax and Weinstein Company head and serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, it has been impossible to ignore the correspondences between Hollywood and Washington, where another sexual predator now occupies the Oval Office. Hollywood has always been something of a den of iniquity commanded by aggressive satyrs, and Washington’s movers and shakers have long taken a page from that den. Powerful men will be powerful men, which means that they will likely exploit, harass and abuse women. The difference is that when Weinstein’s rapacity became public knowledge, he was promptly banished from decent company, shorn of his career, his family and his reputation, and turned into a pariah, while Trump has paid no price for his depredations — and I don’t mean just sexual depredations —...

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How to Combat Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

by Jocelyn Frye – The most recent revelations about sexual harassment perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, the prominent movie producer, are the latest in a seemingly endless string of blockbuster stories about high-profile figures and allegations of sexual harassment, pay-offs, and cover-ups. With each story, there are sordid, troubling accounts from victims—many of whom were ignored or dismissed at the time the incident occurred—followed by outrage and disbelief from co-workers, professional colleagues, and the media. But, the reality is that the prevalence of sexual harassment should no longer be surprising. Sexual harassment—such as unwanted sexual advances and other actions of a sexual nature used as a condition of employment, to interfere with an individual’s work, or to create a hostile or intimidating work environment—has been an unfortunate part of the workplace for years. Most cases occur out of sight or behind closed doors; most victims are not famous and never have their stories told....

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Bill O’Reilly’s Lawyer Blames ‘Brutal Campaign of Character Assassination’ for His Plight

by Aaron Rupar – The scorched-earth statement comes as Fox News reportedly prepares to cut ties. As numerous reports swirl that Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill O’Reilly before he returns from his “vacation,” his attorney signaled that cable news’ top-rated host won’t go down before he scorches the earth behind him. In a statement released Tuesday evening, Marc E. Kasowitz wrote that his client “has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.” O’Reilly, who has spent months battling a wave of sexual harassment allegations, was hit with a fresh harassment claim on Tuesday — the same day a group of protesters delivered 480,000 petitions calling for O’Reilly’s termination to Fox News headquarters. His attorney’s reference to former U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI), whose name has become synonymous with making unfounded accusations, hearkens back to the words President Donald Trump used last month...

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Bill O’Reilly is Going on Vacation and He may Never Come Back

by Judd Legum – On Tuesday night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly announced he was taking a vacation. The announcement comes in the midst of a massive advertiser exodus following revelations that he and Fox News paid millions of dollars to five women who said they were sexually harassed by O’Reilly. O’Reilly said that he booked this vacation “last fall” and that he often takes vacation “around this time of the year.” He is reportedly scheduled to return in on April 24. But Gabriel Sherman, a journalist for New York Magazine who literally wrote the book on Fox News, reports that “tonight’s show could be his last.” According to Sherman’s sources, lawyers for Fox News “are currently doing a ‘deep dive’ investigation into O’Reilly’s behavior.” Sherman also reports that James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox, wants O’Reilly gone. Murdoch forced out longtime Fox News CEO Roger Ailes last summer over...

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Bill O’Reilly’s Survival Strategy

by Judd Legum – How O’Reilly is trying to weather a sexual harassment scandal. The O’Reilly Factor, which has aired for 20 years, is the highest-rated and most profitable show in cable news. But in just a week, the show has become a shell of itself. On April 1, the New York Times reported that host Bill O’Reilly had paid $13 million to five women to settle claims of sexual harassment. That O’Reilly had an issue with his treatment of women wasn’t a shock. It was already public that, in 2009, O’Reilly had paid $9 million to one woman who says he sexually harassed her. But the additional allegations come after Fox News ousted its chairman, Roger Ailes, over charges of serial sexual harassment and has pledged to clean up its act. In the week that followed, advertisers have left the show in droves. At the beginning of the week, the...

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Trump says Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O’Reilly are all Lies

by Zack Ford – Happy National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month! In a new interview with the so-called “failing” New York Times, President Trump came to the defense of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. According to an investigation by the Times, Fox News and O’Reilly have paid at least five women a total of about $13 million to quell sexual harassment claims. Though dozens of advertisers have abandoned the his show over the claims, Trump apparently has his back. “I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump told the Times. O’Reilly has interviewed Trump many times over the years. The President went on to say, “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” It’s unclear whether Trump has ever discussed the accusations with O’Reilly...

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New York Times Exposes Bill O’Reilly’s Pattern of Sexual Harassment and Cover Ups by Fox

by News Corpse – The New York Times published an article online that is certain to rattle the executive suites at Fox News. It revealed new information about Bill O’Reilly’s long history of sexual harassment and abusive behavior. The hostile work environment at Fox has been the subject of recent news reports due primarily to the scandals surrounding its now ex-CEO, Roger Ailes. Following allegations from several female Fox employees Ailes was forced to resign. But Ailes was not alone. Bill O’Reilly has had his own problems with accusations of harassment. One of the more infamous involved a producer who accepted a multimillion dollar settlement to end her legal proceedings. But that didn’t end the boorish behavior by O’Reilly toward the women with whom he worked. While rumors of promises and threats were rampant, details were often hard to nail down. And that’s where the new investigation by the Times comes in....

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McDonald’s Accused of Ignoring Rampant Sexual Harassment in its Restaurants

by Bryce Covert – Workers say they were groped and propositioned, often by their managers. When CyCei Monae began her job as a cook and cashier at a McDonald’s in Flint, Michigan, she says she was nervous. “I was brand new, a little shy,” she said in a call with the media on Wednesday. She hoped that she would get guidance and support from her shift manager. But instead, she alleges, she got sexually harassed. He “proved to be a predator of sexual harassment, and he sexually harassed me daily,” she said. He would rub his genitals against her and try to grab her from behind as he walked by her, she recounted. And he would make comments that he wanted to “do things” to her. Monae says she told the general manager at her store about what was happening to her, but that nothing changed. Then she reached her “breaking...

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Bill O’Reilly gets Amnesia, Forgets he Defended Roger Ailes and Smeared his Accusers

by Judd Legum – NBC also forgot that O’Reilly is also facing sexual harassment allegations. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly appeared on NBC to promote a book. Host Savannah Guthrie brought up that several Fox News personalities, including Greta Van Susteren and Geraldo Rivera, expressed regret for initially defending former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who was forced out of his role in light of multiple allegations of sexual harassment. “To all the victims of sexual harassment, direct and indirect, I am sorry for what happened to you. As the father of three daughters, including one in the news business, I urge all who have been offended to reach out,” Rivera wrote on Facebook. Guthrie wanted to know if O’Reilly had similar regrets about defending Ailes. O’Reilly replied that he knows “nothing about the case,” never defended Ailes from the sexual harassment allegations and only said he “was a great boss.”  TODAY ✔@TODAYshow...

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Fox Settles With Gretchen Carlson For $20 Million, Issues Public Apology

by Jessica Goldstein – Two months to the day after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a bombshell sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, Fox is settling with Carlson for $20 million. The money — which, incidentally, is exactly half of what Ailes took home in his severance package back in July —came with a public apology from 21st Century Fox: Phil Mattingly ✔@Phil_Mattingly Full 21st Century Fox statement on the settlement with Gretchen Carlson: 9:46 AM – 6 Sep 2016 It’s not clear just yet how much of that $20 million will come from Ailes directly, as opposed to from the bank of Fox; Carlson’s suit is against Ailes, but Fox is the de facto insurer, sources close to the discussions told Vanity Fair. The speed with which Ailes was ousted from his own network was stunning, as was what appeared to be the promptness and seriousness...

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Gretchen Carlson Recorded Roger Ailes’ Sexual Harassment

by Ryan Denson – The man now advising, coaching, and strategizing with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Roger Ailes, is going to be in a further world of hurt as New York Magazine reports that Gretchen Carlson taped his sexual prowess against her. According to the magazine:  Taking on Ailes was dangerous, but Carlson was determined to fight back. She settled on a simple strategy: She would turn the tables on his surveillance. Beginning in 2014, according to a person familiar with the lawsuit, Carlson brought her iPhone to meetings in Ailes’ office and secretly recorded him saying the kinds of things he’d been saying to her all along. “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. Sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way, he said in one conversation. “I’m sure you...

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Fox News Is Collapsing Like A House Of Cards As Andrea Tantaros Names Bill O’Reilly In Lawsuit

by Stephen D Foster Jr – The women of Fox News are sick and tired of putting up with the sexist bullshit of their male colleagues and bosses. After Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes it became clear that sexism and misogyny ran deeper within the company than anyone realized. As it turns out, it went way beyond on-air comments made by male anchors like Bill O’Reilly. Once Megyn Kelly backed Carlson up, Ailes was up a creek without a paddle and was soon ousted from his position. The scandal rocked the conservative network as former female reporters came forward to tell their own stories of non-stop harassment that turned the workplace into a personal hell. And now Carlson is not the only one filing a lawsuit. Andrea Tantaros has as well. Tantaros filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court on Monday hammering the...

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Inside Fox News’ Culture Of Intimidation

by BRYCE COVERT – Roger Ailes has been officially ousted from his longtime role as CEO of Fox after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him alleging sexual harassment. But before he went, reports say that he led a campaign to get Fox employees to speak out on his behalf in order to intimidate any women who might come forward with their own stories of harassment. According to an anonymous source briefed on the situation who spoke to the New York Times, Ailes had been discovered to be leading an effort to get high-profile hosts to speak out against those who are cooperating with Fox’s internal investigation of Carlson’s allegations. It had come to be viewed as a “loyalty test,” according to staff members, as to whether people would publicly support him. One of those hosts was Megyn Kelly, who felt pressure to publicly support Ailes,...

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Roger Ailes to be Ousted from Fox News

by Hunter – The feud between Fox News head Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch’s sons appears to have reached a conclusion: New York magazine is reporting that after initial investigation of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment allegations against him, Ailes is getting the boot. The only question is whether they’ll allow him to stay on during the Republican National Convention. After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go. Ailes is the architect of the network’s hard-right news model that during his tenure elevated rage over substance and belligerence over facts, leading to a new conservative movement stupider and less...

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McDonald’s Sued over Allegations of Discrimination

Workers say they were subjected to ‘˜rampant racial and sexual harassment’ at Virginia restaurants By Ned Resnikoff, Al Jazeera – Fast food workers opened another front in their struggle with McDonald’s on Thursday, when 10 former employees of a Virginia-based franchise sued the company for allegedly violating their civil rights. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the plaintiffs allege that both McDonald’s and one of its franchisees violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by subjecting employees to “rampant racial and sexual harassment.” The alleged abuse occurred at three McDonald’s restaurants in Virginia, all owned by the franchisee Soweva Corporation. According to the complaint, managers called their employees epithets such as “dirty Mexican,” “bitch” and “ghetto.” The lawsuit also says managers “inappropriately touched female employees on their legs and buttocks; sent female employees sexual pictures; and solicited sexual relations from female employees.” Black employees were disciplined...

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23-Year-Old Woman Beaten To Death After Defending Teen Girls From Harassment

by TARA CULP-RESSLER – Thousands of German citizens are mourning a 23-year-old student who was murdered for sticking up for two teenage girls getting sexually harassed by a group of men. Silent vigils have spread across the country, and the president is considering awarding the young woman a posthumous medal of honor. Earlier this month, Tuğçe Albayrak heard the screams of two girls being harassed in a McDonald’s bathroom in the city of Offenbach. She confronted their attackers, allowing the teens to escape the situation. But later, in the parking lot of the fast food restaurant, the same men attacked her and allegedly beat her with a baseball bat — an assault that was captured on grainy video footage. Albayrak suffered a traumatic brain injury from the blows to her head, and has been in a coma for the past two weeks. After doctors told her parents that she would...

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