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Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Roger Ailes for Sexual Harassment

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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is suing Roger Ailes, claiming the network's chairman and CEO "sabotaged her career" because she rejected his sexual advances.

According to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the Superior Court of New Jersey nearly two weeks after Carlson last appeared on Fox, Ailes marginalized Carlson for refusing to have a relationship with him.

"Ailes denied Carlson fair compensation, desirable assignments and other career-enhancing opportunities in retaliation for her complaints of harassment and discrimination and because she rejected his sexual advances," it said.

Ailes took Carlson off the network's popular morning show "Fox & Friends" in 2013, reassigning her to an afternoon time slot at significantly reduced pay and "refused to provide her with anywhere near the level of network media support and promotion provided to other fox News hosts who did not complain about harassment," according to the lawsuit.

Lawyers alleged when Carlson confronted Ailes concerning his treatment of her, he replied, "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," adding, "sometimes problems are easier to solve" that way.

The lawsuit went on to allege that Ailes also encouraged Carlson, a former Miss America, to wear outfits that showed her figure, and embarrassed her by telling other people in front of her that he had slept with three former pageant queens, but not her.

The lawsuit asks for compensation including for lost wages and punitive damages and alleges wrongful termination in addition to sexual harassment.

Carlson's lawyers said her contract was terminated on June 23, something Fox News did not publicly address. She most recently hosted "The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson."

"I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career," Carlson said in a statement. "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 events and news topics of the day."

Her attorneys did not immediately respond to NBC News. A spokesperson for Fox News did not respond to a request for comment. 

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