After the world learned about the death of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, the attorney representing 21 current and former Fox News employees in lawsuits against the network issued a statement related to his passing and how it impacts the cases.
In a brief message sent to LawNewz.com, attorney Douglas Wigdor said, “The sudden passing of Roger Ailes will make it difficult for Fox News to refute the allegations against him as his testimony was not secured by sworn testimony to date.” Wigdor then listed several comments that Ailes allegedly made to one of his clients.
Wigdor cited a federal lawsuit from Lidija Ujkic, a reporter at a Fox affiliate, that alleges that Ailes made comments during a group interview Ujkic went on for a Fox News position. In his statement, Wigdor specifically referred to alleged comments that Ailes made about Fox News showing women from the feet up as part of their “recipe for success,” and asking Ujkic to turn around in order to see her from behind.
The lawsuit claims that Ujkic didn’t get the job after Ailes spoke to a New York State Senator whom she had dated in the past.
Ailes himself was not a defendant in that lawsuit.