Transcript for Former Fox Booker Says Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her for 20 Years
On the wake of Roger Ailes abrupt departure from Fox News another woman who was behind the scenes at the network decided to go public. Laurie loon came forward claiming she was pressured into a sexual relationship with the chairman. And that it went on for decades her story first exploded onto the pages of New York magazine and now she sharing it with ABC's Elizabeth Vargas. Tell me first to ball why you decided to speak out. Elizabeth I think that I went through such hell for so many years I finally felt safe when I saw that other women Wear more. Speaking. For decades Laurie loon was one of Roger Ailes is closest associates. They met when she was 28 years old working on George HW Bush's first presidential campaign. Sales already a powerful media consultant wanted to meet him and went to work for us excited. I introduced myself to him on the elevator and then I think later on he ran into me in songs super friendly and and it acted like he'd remembered me and I was splattered aft. And what kind of a personal assets I was insecure Alice. Looking for a daddy day care Q assessing out your vulnerabilities. Absolutely. And I was an emergency care Laurie says Ailes offered her work doing research but according to Laurie it became clear that he was interested in more than when he asked her to meet him at his hotel room one night and what did he tell you at that point he said that I needed turning. He needed training and his turning to Laurie says Ailes told her to strip down to we're lingerie and dance for him. Feeling intimidated she says she did is she was told that commodities and he. Good. Have me get down on my knees and tell me. You know what you are are a year my. Core here my sex claim. Laurie says sales then instructed her to perform oral sex. I didn't question it and that was his fixing just and are questioning her ask you to our did you try to refuse. It's too late and the minute it happened. I need that I've been blackmail because he did take photographs and me. And you say this too smug little insurance policy. According to Laurie that bizarre night was no aberrant innocent it would become a pattern that continued off and on for more than twenty years. Laurie too afraid to tell anyone when he'd say I'm your only friend I'm the only person in the world that you contrast he can't trust anyone else. Says he sent out enough times to someone and and it's reality Laurie says her silence and loyalty were rewarded with high your paid positions. Eventually being named to the director of the looking at fox news with a six figure annual salary but it all came at a price. He really let Mena I want you to. Show me some gratitude. As an. An actual guests gratitude yes it's unbelievable. That. It would be that the move her hurt. That cocaine you finally got this big promotion I told her I take carried you know because stripped down so excited and then the next words work go over the DoubleTree and thanked me. Kept on thinking he would end he. You do people hearing this will say why on earth which you go along with us it's not like I was able to go and cry on the shoulders and friend I was completely I slant what did you think would happen to you if you complained or. Try to refuse hadn't seen Roger Ailes and he's unhappy. It's it's not a good site to see. It's pretty scary Laurie says her life began to unravel in 2007 when she was demoted at Fox News. Because of talk in the company about her relationship with ails my cost us time sent me. Ten a psychiatrist and finally for the first time ever twenty years I spent cap and and I'll kind of came pouring. Laurie says the gravity of that admission triggered a nervous breakdown landing in the hospital. Ultimately she says she knew it was time to stand up for herself. I wrote a letter tent of the legal counselor Cox news what does she say in that letter. Not to think that I can harass the whole time I've been an approximate and done my job and I received no response so it really wasn't until I I had hired a lawyer within weeks of hiring that lawyer and without filing a lawsuit Lori received a separation agreement worth more than three million dollars. In 2011. After two decades of being under else's control. She says she was free. ABC news reached out to Roger sales. He sent us this statement which reads in part this loon is someone I once regarded as a friend and a person who I helped. For many years. The story she is telling now are fabrications. Built on half truths and outright lies so then why did fox pay you. More than three million dollars because he knew that it was the turning. Tell us a line even after all she's been through Lori admits her feelings toward Roger Ailes today remain complicated. In fact in the summer of 20154. Years after cutting off contact with Ailes. She wrote him a letter why would you write him again. Last year asking for help and which I think that. Maybe the little girls looking for the daddy figure is still saying Roger look at me can you believe in me and it's very sad. For Nightline I'm Elizabeth Vargas in New York. Our thanks Elizabeth for more information about how to handle sexual harassment in your workplace. Good abcnews.com.
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