A new complaint filed by an employee of Fox News alleges that the network promoted a culture of misogyny by displaying an image of Nancy Pelosi in a plunging swimsuit on the office walls for Tucker Carlson’s show.
Abby Grossberg, a producer for Carlson, claimed in court documents filed Monday in New York and Delaware that she first saw the images of the then-House speaker on her first day at Carlson’s Manhattan office.
Bartiromo was allegedly called a “crazy b****” and “menopausal” by superiors, and Carlson’s team made comments about Jews and held a mock debate over which of two women candidates for governor they would rather go to bed with.
According to a statement released by Fox, the company has hired outside counsel to investigate the claims made by Ms. Grossberg following her negative performance review.
Court arguments accuse Fox lawyers of forcing Grossberg into submitting incorrect testimony, which might endanger Fox’s ongoing defamation case with Dominion, an electronic voting business, over the network’s reporting of allegations of electoral fraud in the 2020 vote.
Fox Television and Fox Corporation are being sued for more than $1.6 billion in damages over claims that they broadcast false news.
Smartmatic, another vendor of electronic voting systems, is also suing Fox, this time for $2.7 billion. On February 16, Dominion sued Grossberg in a Delaware state court. The latest York Times writes that her latest lawsuits accuse the network of misogyny to deflect blame for the workloads of her and Maria Bartiromo.
Charges of sexism and misogyny at the network are not new; the 2019 film Bombshell depicted charges of sexual harassment by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes against some of the network’s top female anchors.
In 2016, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accused Fox’s CEO of sexual abuse. Later, she was joined by the likes of Andrea Tantaros and Megyn Kelly.
In July of that year, Ailes resigned from his position.