“I hate injustice,” said Van Susteren in an interview with The Daily Beast. “Historically, I don’t like it when I think somebody is being falsely accused or wronged. I’m an old criminal defense attorney. This one’s wrong, based on my experience. The facts I know are that this is not the Roger Ailes I’ve ever heard about or seen.”
Van Susteren, who has been at Fox for 15 years, said the allegations made by Carlson do not align with her experience.
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“People talk. You hear a lot, and I never heard this,” she said.
Van Susteren said she has no need to “curry favor” with Ailes and that her job at Fox is secure no matter what she says about the case. She said her opinion is based on her review of the lawsuit and her personal experience.
“You know how corporations gossip. If this were going on, I would have heard about it. I’ve got an apartment in New York and I’m back and forth. This is a rather small corporation. We’re a rather small group of people,” she said.
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Van Susteren suggested in the interview that the full-court media press conducted by Carlson’s attorneys was designed to pressure Fox into settling the lawsuit out of court. She also noted that although many media outlets have run stories recounting other Fox employees alleging sexual harassment, those accounts all feature sources who do not use their names, which she said undercuts the credibility of their claims.
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