Laurie Luhn is the latest former Fox News employee to claim she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes.
Luhn came forth about her sexual harassment claims to New York Magazine, saying she endured “psychological torture” during the 20 years she worked for Ailes as an event planner and booker.
“He’s a predator,” Luhn, 56, told the publication.
However, in a statement to PEOPLE, Ailes lawyer responded: “Roger denied these allegations in 2011 and he denies them now. He wishes Ms. Luhn well. Based on her statements, it is disturbing that she is the subject of one reporter s journalistic exploitation.”
Ailes previously responded to other sexual harassment allegations in a statement – obtained by PEOPLE – in which he calls the claims “retaliatory” and “false.” The former Fox News chief, 78, stepped down weeks after former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual harassment.
Luhn detailed one of her first encounters with Ailes in 1990, telling the magazine: “He leans over and slips me the tongue and kisses me and hands me a wad of cash. ‘Here’s to help you pay some bills,’ he said. It was maybe $200 or $300.”
Following that meeting, Luhn began working a research job. In return, Ailes demanded sexual favors, frequently meeting at his hotel rooms where she danced for him while he recorded her on tape.
“Tell me you will do what I tell you to do, when I tell you to do it. At any time, at any place when I call. No matter where I call you, no matter where you are. Do you understand? You will follow orders,” Luhn recalled Ailes’ commands. “If I tell you to put on your uniform, what are you gonna do, Laurie? WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO, LAURIE? What are you, Laurie? Are you Roger’s whore? Are you Roger’s spy? Come over here.”
During her tenure, Luhn said she was asked by Ailes to “lure” young female employees into meetings with him alone though she knew those situations would eventually end in sexual assault.
In late 2010 or early 2011, she wrote a letter to a Fox lawyer saying she had been sexually harassed by Ailes for 20 years. After not hearing back from the network, Luhn hired an attorney to negotiate her exit. On June 15, 2011, she and Fox signed a $3.15 million settlement agreement with extensive nondisclosure provisions.
Luhn told New York Magazine she met with a psychiatrist in the past due to her encounters with Ailes, and still suffers anxiety to this day.
“I am reporting sexual harassment,” Luhn concluded her interview. “Whether I am a crazy person or not, I am reporting sexual harassment.”
“My heart breaks 4 you Laurie. Thnx 4 being brave & telling ur story too,” Carlson tweeted on Friday.
Reporting by EMILY STROHM