“I remember he had me sit on his lap. He didn’t think I was projecting my voice properly and wanted to feel my diaphragm,” she said in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue. “I knew this was not OK. But all the women there who wanted a career walked this fine line with Roger.”
Ms. Sivan also said that on at least one occasion Ailes asked her to “twirl for him” so he could get a look at her backside, and that he was often criticizing female talent at the network who showed up wearing long skirts or wearing flat shoes instead of high heels.
Ailes died at the age of 77 in May. In July 2016, Mr. Ailes was made to resign his post at Fox News — months shy of the network’s landmark 20th anniversary — in the wake of mounting allegations of a history of sexual harassment from former employees.
Closing her THR piece, Ms. Sivan offered a two-step plan to “stopping sexual misconduct … 1) Believe women. 2) Get rid of NDAs.”
“They protect perpetrators, not victims,” she wrote.
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