21st Century Fox is conducting an internal review of the sexual harassment allegations made against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and network personality Steve Doocy by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
"The Company has seen the allegations against Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy," 21st Century Fox said in a statement. "We take these matters seriously. While we have full confidence in Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades, we have commenced an internal review of the matter."
The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Ailes dismissed Ms. Carlson for refusing his sexual advances; Ms. Carlson claims Mr. Ailes retaliated by not renewing her contract with Fox News when it expired on June 23.
Ms. Carlson also alleged sexist treatment from Mr. Doocy.
Fox News released a statement by Mr. Ailes on Wednesday evening refuting Ms. Carlson's claims.
"Gretchen Carlson's allegations are false," he said in the statement. "This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup," he said.
"When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit. Ironically, Fox News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11-year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously."