Monday, April 22, 2024

Female Fox News Correspondent Sues Company, Local NY Fox5 News Director for Sexual Harassment


Roger Ailes and Fox News are back in boiling water again. Fox News is being sued, along with New York Fox 5 News Director Byron Harmon, for sexual harassment by an Emmy winning female reporter. Ailes isn’t a defendant, but his name and his alleged activities are outlined specifically.

The suit was filed by Lidia Curanaj, who details Ailes’s randy and inappropriate behavior in detail. She was on the local news here in 2011, met Ailes at a dinner, and he invited her to come see him about moving up to the network. In his office, she says, Ailes asked her to twirl around, said he liked what he saw, told her Fox News female anchors’ legs had to be good. Then he called her boyfriend, a State Senator, and asked “if the sex was good.”

Oh boy. Curanaj, who’s still at Fox5, obviously has had enough. You know, she’s from the Bronx. She also has two two local Emmy Awards. She’s also suing her news director, Byron Harmon. It just gets better and better. Curanaj says Harmon told her– thinking she was Albanian– that “all Albanians are criminals or doormen.” She’s American of Montenegrin descent. Among other things.

Here’s the complaint.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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