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Downward Spiral Continues For Fox News As Another Plaintiff Joins Suit

Fox News seems to be on a downward spiral, and many wonder how far the network can fall before it can't get up again. First, over the summer, a number of female employees came forward to accuse then-CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Last month, Bill O'Reilly, the top-rated talk show host, was terminated when reports say he settled several sexual harassments privately with female employees. Since then, several complaints about racial discrimination have been made, and the latest comes from an African-American anchor.

Kelly Wright, who has been a reporter and anchor with Fox News for 13 years, alleges that he's faced harassment and discrimination at the conservative news network.

Wright says he was shunned from disgraced host O'Reillyduring interviews because he didn't show black people in a negative enough light. Overall, Wright claims that the network 'effectively sidelined' him and 'asked to perform the role of a 'Jim Crow' -- the racist caricature of a Black entertainer'.

Wright joins the ranks of 12 other plaintiffs, all former or current Fox employees, and all people of color. They're suing the network for racial discrimination for what they call 'top-down racial harassment'.

One allegation says that when one person of color accidentally entered the CEO's office on the second floor, several people of color had their security passes to the second floor revoked immediately.

Fox denies the allegations. An attorney for Judith Slater, Fox's former comptroller, says, "These are meritless and frivolous lawsuits and all claims of racial discrimination against Ms. Slater are completely false. We have yet to see the alleged additions to the original lawsuit. Given how outrageous and offensive these suits are, it's incomprehensible to imagine how anyone has joined or would join these legal actions."

Another suit targets Dianne Brandi, Fox's top attorney, for 'severe anguish and emotional distress'.

"FOX News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits," a Fox News spokesperson said. "They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases."

Source: CNN
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