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Publishers Corner: Fox News Scandal: Ads Pulled from ‘O’Reilly Factor,’ New Lawsuit Against Ailes

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Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

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As Fox News is reeling from the release of a staggering report revealing numerous sexual harassment lawsuits filed against its star, Bill O’Reilly, two advertisers have pulled ad placements during “The O’Reilly Factor.” Meanwhile, women continue to come forward with claims of a misogynistic culture at the company.

Julie Roginsky, a Democratic political consultant and Fox News contributor, filed a lawsuit in New York state court on Monday against the network; its former chairman, Roger Ailes; and Bill Shine, the network’s co-president. Roginsky accuses them of denying her a permanent hosting job after she refused Ailes’ sexual advances.

“During these meetings, Ailes additionally (and without irony) volunteered the advice that Roginsky should engage in sexual relationships with ‘older, married, conservative men’ because ‘they may stray but they always come back because they’re loyal,’” the claim states.

“Ailes also remarked that he was loyal but that loyalty was a two-way street. These comments and their delivery made it clear that Ailes wanted a sexual relationship with Roginsky.”

Roginsky also claimed in filings that at her meetings with Ailes, he “usually sat in a low armchair.”

“He repeatedly insisted on a kiss ‘hello’ requiring Roginsky to bend down to kiss him. Ailes would consistently position himself in such a way as to look down Roginsky’s dress.”

There are at least two separate lawsuits, against Fox News and Ailes, by women claiming they were sexually harassed. Last year, on behalf of Ailes, Fox News agreed to pay $20 million to settle a harassment suit by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. He denied any wrongdoing but resigned in July.

Also in 2016, former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros filed a separate sexual harassment lawsuit that was sent to private arbitration.

“Bill, you’re my boss!” a former Fox News producer said in a lawsuit she told Bill O’Reilly when he propositioned her for sex.

Roginsky, 43, claims in the lawsuit that Ailes, 76, in early 2015 told her he was considering her for a full-time slot on highly rated talk show “The Five.” But after she declined his advances, the job never materialized and she lost her spot as a contributor on the show, she said.

She also sued Shine, Fox News co-president, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims. Roginsky also said in her lawsuit that a misogynistic culture at Fox had not changed since Ailes resigned last year.

“They need to sweep that place out with a shovel,” Jeff Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for executive programs at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.

Sonnenfeld thinks that amid the continued revelations, 21st Century Fox should consider more changes to the executive team that worked with Ailes.

Roginsky, who has appeared on Fox News programs since 2011 and writes a column for the network’s website, is seeking unspecified damages under a New York City law that prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

According to CNN, more women employees at Fox want to speak out against Ailes but do not come forward in fear of losing their jobs.

Susan Estrich, a lawyer for Ailes, refuted Roginsky’s sexual harassment claims, calling them “total hogwash.”

“This is about someone who wants to pile-on in a massive character assassination in order to achieve what she did not accomplish on the merits,” Estrich said in a statement.

Then it would be “a massive character assassination” taking place for more than a decade. That’s how long women employees at Fox have claimed that Ailes and O’Reilly have sexually harassed them, according to reports from The New York Times this past weekend.

In addition to the millions paid in support of Ailes, Fox, its parent company 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly have paid approximately $13 million in five settlements. There is an ongoing federal investigation centered on whether 21st Century Fox misled investors by hiding payments to Ailes’ and O’Reilly’s accusers.

But the more than $30 million paid out is just a portion of the nearly half a billion dollars in advertising revenues between 2014 and 2016 that O’Reilly created for the news channel during “The O’Reilly Factor.”

The network will no longer be receiving an estimated $1.9 million in ads from Mercedes-Benz during O’Reilly’s timeslot.

“The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now,” Donna Boland, the manager of corporate communications at Mercedes-Benz, said in a statement.

The company’s ads during O’Reilly’s program “[have] been reassigned in the midst of this controversy.”

Hyundai said it would reallocate upcoming ads due to “the recent and disturbing allegations.”

“We had upcoming advertising spots on the show, but are reallocating them,” Hyundai said in an emailed statement to The Times.

“As a company, we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity,” the statement said. “We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as we plan future advertising decisions.”

Will other companies follow their lead?

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Ex-cop to be Retried in Samuel DuBose’s Killing

The trial ended in a mistrial. Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, shot DuBose in the head in July of 2015 during a traffic stop.

(Reuters) — Prosecutors said on Tuesday they will retry a fired former University of Cincinnati police officer on charges of murdering an unarmed Black motorist after his first trial ended in a mistrial earlier this month, and will seek a change of venue.

Body-camera video of the July 2015 incident showed then-officer Ray Tensing, 27, shooting Samuel DuBose, 43, in the head during a traffic stop after pulling over DuBose for a missing front license plate on his vehicle.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told a news conference he would seek a new venue for the retrial because the considerable public attention given the case in Cincinnati had “seeped” into the jury room.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that the Tensing case will be retried. The decision was made after review of the trial transcript, discussion with some of the jurors and consultation with my staff,” Deters said in a written statement.

Ex-cop Ray Tensing in Cincinnati shooting not dragged by car: prosecution expert

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing (R) stands near a car after driver Samuel Dubose was allegedly pulled over and shot during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio July 19, 2015, in a still image from body camera video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office on July 29, 2015. REUTERS

“I am very hopeful that a second jury will be able to reach a decision to bring justice in this case for the victim’s family and our community.”

Tensing’s attorney, Stew Mathews, said he was not surprised with the decision for a retrial.

“The shooting was justified because [Tensing] feared for his life,” Mathews said.

“The facts aren’t changed just because we are going to have another trial, so yes, that’s our defense.”

The jury of six white men, four white women and two black women failed on Nov. 12 to reach a verdict on whether Tensing was guilty of charges of murder or voluntary manslaughter, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial.

Deters said a change in venue was necessary.

“We hit a point in this trial, if you recall, where the jurors wouldn’t even come out of the jury room,” Deters said.

“We had a revolt going on in the jury room at one point, because they were afraid that their names would be known. If we moved to another jurisdiction, I don’t think the jurors would care.”

During the traffic stop Tensing asked DuBose to remove his seatbelt and tried to open the car door. DuBose did not comply and closed the door. The vehicle started rolling forward slowly as Tensing pulled his gun and fired once.

Tensing was fired from the University of Cincinnati Police Department after being indicted in July 2015. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $1 million bond.

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Korryn Gaines, 23, was fatally shot by police after an hours-long standoff

Baltimore Police shot and killed a 23-year-old mom Monday after she allegedly barricaded herself inside her apartment with her 5-year-old son when the officers tried to serve her an arrest warrant for traffic violations.

The boy was wounded in the gun battle between Korryn Gaines and police, although it’s unclear who shot him. He sustained non-life threatening injuries to a limb, family members who identified him as Gaines’ son told the Baltimore Sun.

The bullet exchange ended a tense, hours-long standoff at the Randallstown, Md., apartment complex. Gaines appeared to document the stalemate on her Facebook page, posting a video of the boy, captioned “My son is not a hostage.”

“Who’s outside?” a woman asked in the footage.

The child responded that the police are “trying to kill us.”

It’s unclear if the woman speaking in the video — which has since been deleted from Facebook — is Gaines.

The standoff began just before 9:30 a.m. Monday when three police officers knocked on Gaines’ door intending to serve two arrest warrants: one for Gaines’ pervious traffic violations and another for another man inside the home.

Nobody answered the door, so the cops entered using a key from the apartment’s landlord. Inside, officers found Gaines sitting on the floor pointing a firearm at them.

The officers retreated to the hallway, and a man ran from the apartment with a 1-year-old boy, authorities said. That man was arrested.

Police negotiators arrived to talk to Gaines, but the woman continued to point her weapon at the officers, officials said. Around 3 p.m., she pointed the gun directly at an officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.”

That’s when an officer opened fire and shot Gaines, who fired back. She was hit several times and pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were wounded

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