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Broadcast this Sunday, November 28, 2021 on France 2, Scandal plunges into the heart of the ultra-conservative American channel Fox News shaken by the Roger Ailes affair. The boss is, in fact, accused of sexual harassment and rape of dozens of employees.

This is the case that rocked all of America in 2016 and is the subject of the film Scandal. While the Harvey Weinstein affair has yet to shake up the film world and the Me Too movement has yet to be born, the media world is going to be turned upside down. And it all starts within the premises of Fox News. The ultra-conservative American chain is masterfully managed by its founder Roger Ailes. The man is known by all for his character, his ultraconservative ideas which he will spread thanks to his television channel and his relations with right-wing politicians (he was the media advisor to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan or even George HW Bush).

But in 2016, everything changed when Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman in the film) decided to file a complaint against him. The presenter was one of the stars of the channel thanks to the Fox morning show & Friends, which she hosts since 2005. In 2015, she starts recording her meetings with her boss to protect herself, feeling that the wind is blowing. turn for it. The following year, she filed a complaint against him, revealing a whole system of sexual harassment within the channel. Roger Ailes would have taken retaliatory measures against his employees (dismissal, reduction of wages) if they refused his advances. At the time, she was the only one to tackle this media monster … until the arrival of Donald Trump.

The repeated sexist attacks of the future US president against Megyn Kelly will definitely break the law of silence within the channel. The Fox News star presenter played by Charlize Theron in the film, also decides to attack her boss, a great friend of Donald Trump by denouncing his many actions. By testifying in turn, she thus confirms Gretchen Carlson’s accusations and allows this case to become the first case of large-scale sexual harassment.

From then on, the huge house of cards collapsed for the boss of the channel, whose image has already been badly tarnished for a few years. In 2014, journalist Gabriel Sherman published the biography The Loudest Voice in the room, a vitriolic portrait revealing the climate of fear and the fake news system set up by Roger Ailes. Impossible to miss this story especially in full movement Me Too. After adapting the book as a mini-series with Russell Crowe in 2019, Hollywood embarked on the production of Scandal with its 5-star cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie whose fictional role serves to represent the dozens. victims of Wings.

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