Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Speaks Out

Carlson speaks out about her sexual harassment lawsuit and what she is doing now to help women in the workplace.
3:31 | 11/17/16

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Have to wait because Amy is here with Gretchen Carlson and she really dug down deep in the interview. She did. It was an emotional interview an emotional story for her that dates back to her career in broadcasting and began shortly after being crowned miss America. Before she was a celebrated TV journalist Gretchen Carlson was a Stanford grad and miss America 1989. It immediately changed what I thought I was going to do with the rest of my life. Reporter: The crown pro-telling her into the national spotlight. An honor to be miss America and carry on a tradition. Reporter: But also she says leading to those first unwanted advances. When you were then seeking that TV job you thought, okay, let me go meet with people and see how I get into this business. You actually had your first real encounter with sexual harassment. Tell me about that. I did. And it was shocking experience because with this particular man, he spent most of the day helping me and I thought, wow, this guy is being so nice. We went to dinner and we were in the backseat of a car going to my college friend's artment at the end of the evening and before I knew it he was on top of me and his tongue was down my throat. I quickly got out of the car and I was flustered and started sobbing and I remember being inconsolable and thinking, well, I'll never speak to him again and I didn't. Reporter: And it wouldn't be the only time. And, unfortunately, a couple of weeks later the same thing happened to me again in los Angeles with a very high-powered pr executive and again we were in a car and he took my head and my neck and he shoved my face into his crotch so forcefully that I couldn't breathe. And I remember thinking to myself, this is happening again? Did you blame yourself? Well, I think to a certain part, yeah, you think, I must have done something. When situations like that happen to women, you fear that it's going to be your fault, you're not going to be believed. You're going to lose your job. Reporter: Carlson hoping her story will make it easier for others to come forward too. I don't think we should judge women if they have waited because look at how we react to women when they finally do come forward. They're accused of making it up. We have to make it a safer environment so that it's no longer he said/she said but maybe just she said. Reporter: Carlson hopes her voice can help bring change to the work environments of so many women. Her own teenage daughter telling me she thinks her mom is a hero as do a lot of women and men out there and, George, in our "20/20" special we also talk about the men and the role they need to play in addressing the workplace situation. So critical. How is she going to build on this. She's taking it to congress and has a lot of goals and says this is her life mission and also warrants to return to broadcasting and use that platform to spread her message and to create safer work environments for women everywhere. It's good of her to say that about not coming forward at first, you know, a lot of people say that right away, right away why -- Why didn't you say it in the beginning. You see what happens when you do. Women aren't treated as whistle-blowers but troublemakers. A big difference there. Looking forward to that. Sparking a real discussion. See more of Amy's interview with Gretchen Carlson this Friday on "20/20" part of Elizabeth vargas' special report on sexual harassment called crossing the lines: Men and women at work."

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