Fox confirmed to The Daily Beast that Roger Ailes is getting canned, then retracted

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For days, Fox insiders have been leaking that boss Roger Ailes is out, then Fox promptly denies it. The Daily Beast says that it briefly got Fox to "confirm Drudge's report"—that's he's getting $40m to piss off—but Fox called back to walk it back. Soon! Sooooon! Read the rest

Report: Ailes out at Fox News (Update: Fox denies it)

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Gabriel Sherman, National Affairs Editor at New York Magazine, reports that Fox News boss Roger Ailes is being "removed" by the Murdochs. He's been nailed by the company's internal probe into him, triggered by claims of sexual harassment leveled by Gretchen Carlson.

After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go.

While Gretchen Carlson’s sexual-harassment lawsuit against Ailes sparked the investigation, sources say it has expanded into a wide-ranging inquiry into Ailes’s controversial management style.

Update: Fox denies it.

Responding to a news report that said Roger Ailes would soon be removed as chairman of Fox News, 21st Century Fox said on Monday that “this matter is not yet resolved.” The statement came about 90 minutes after New York magazine reported that 21st Century Fox’s top executives — Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch — had decided that Mr. Ailes would need to leave his position after a sexual harassment lawsuit from former anchor Gretchen Carlson and an investigation into the culture of the network. Nathaniel Brown, a spokesman for 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, responded to the article by saying, “This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded.”
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Fox's employee contracts may mean Gretchen Carlson will never get her day in court

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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment suit against her former boss, Roger Ailes, may be dead before its begun, because Fox News makes all its employees sign "binding arbitration" agreements that force them to use a system of private courts that let corporate America make up its own laws. Read the rest

Astronomer, NASA advisor, and serial sexual harasser Geoff Marcy to resign from UC Berkeley

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Geoff Marcy, a famous and respected American astronomer, has announced his intention to step down as a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Marcy also works with NASA on the search for extraterrestrial life, via the NASA Kepler Mission.

Buzzfeed first broke today's news of Marcy's plans to step aside. It is the first real fallout he's facing from sexual harassment claims that the reported victims say were ignored for years.

Why would those claims be ignored by UC Berkeley? Because Marcy is kind of a big deal in the field of astronomy, and his name meant money for the struggling California academic institution. Read the rest

Dads react to daughters getting catcalled

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Fathers react to hidden video footage of their daughters being catcalled in in New York City. Read the rest

Scottish barmen replace kilts with trousers because patrons were grabbing their penises

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The Hootananny pub in Inverness, Scotland no longer will feature barman dresses in kilts. The owner and assistant manager say intoxicated customers were lifting the employees' kilts, and in some cases, grabbing their penises.

Hootananny owner Kit Fraser said:

“Staff wear kilts as it’s part of the highland appeal. I want them to keep wearing them but would never force them to given the circumstances. But I can’t afford to have the bar closed so have agreed that they can wear trousers for now. I’m going to be putting up signs to warn people not to touch staff inappropriately. Anyone who does so again will be asked to leave.”

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Muslim student claims sexual harrassment, school ignores, she's falsely reported as a terrorist, FBI shows up at her door

Balayla Ahmad, an observant African-American Muslim student at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed by a male student in 2009 for months on end, but that university officials showed "deliberate indifference" to her repeated complaints—and that she was then reported to the FBI in revenge for having complained. From the Associated Press:

When she complained to a teacher, she was told that the university generally doesn't get rid of students right away over such incidents, the lawsuit said. Another teacher asked her if she were married and asked her not to report it to the dean because he would speak with the harasser, the suit said.

Ahmad then reported the harassment and fears for her safety to the university's president and dean, who promised to meet with her. But she said when she met with the dean, he said, "My hands are tied. What do you suggest I do?"

After reporting the sexual harassment in April 2009, Ahmad said she was approached by two university security directors who told her someone had made allegations against her and they threatened to call the FBI and have her arrested.

Later, two FBI agents knocked on Ahmad's apartment door, questioned her and left a business card, according to the lawsuit. She said she learned that her harasser or his associates had fabricated a story falsely accusing her of being a terrorist in apparent retaliation for having made a sexual harassment complaint against him.

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