Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment

Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson signs copies of her book 'Getting Real' at the Free Library of Philadelphia Featuring: Gretchen Carlson Where: Philadelphia, United States When: 23 Jun 2015 Credit: W Wade / WENN

Ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former boss Roger Ailes.

Just after 11 a.m., Carlson announced her departure from the network on Facebook.

"As you may have heard, I am no longer with Fox News. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me," she wrote.

In a reply email to CNN media reporter Tom Kludt, a spokesman said the suit stems from an incident in which Carlson refused to sleep with Ailes. Carlson was reportedly fired on June 23.

Politico reporter Hadas Gold obtained a statement from Carlson regarding the lawsuit.

"I have strived to empower women and girls through my career," Carlson said. "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 event and news topics of the day."

Mediate pointed out that the suit is not Ailes' first time in the spotlight for "sordid sexual behavior."

"As the New York Times wrote on January 7, 2014 about the book The Loudest Voice In The Room, "In one anecdote, a television producer, Randi Harrison, told Mr. Sherman that while negotiating her salary with Mr. Ailes at NBC in the 1980s, he offered her an additional $100 each week 'if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.'"

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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