Years before she slapped late Fox News chairman Roger Ailes with a sexual harassment lawsuit, Gretchen Carlson was terrorized by powerful men in her early career as a 1989 Miss America winner, she reveals in her shocking new tell-all obtained by RadarOnline.com.
After a meeting and dinner in New York with an â€œimportantâ€� television executive and trusted mentor, the now 51-year-old mother of two climbed into his car for a ride from his driver to her friendâ€™s apartment.
â€œAs we neared my destination, he lunged at me. His mouth pressed against mine, and he jabbed his tongue down my throat,â€� she writes in her upcoming book, Be Fierce, out October 17. â€œShocked and horrified, I wrestled out of his grasp. I gasped for the driver to stop, and I tumbled out of the car onto the street.â€�
â€œI ran to the apartment building, and by the time I got inside, I was sobbing. I felt stupid and unnerved.â€� Why would he do that? How had I believed he was truly interested in my talent.â€�
In another incident, Carlson met with a â€œtopâ€� public relations executive in Los Angeles to discuss her media career.
After dinner, she got into his car and found herself again in peril.
â€œHe immediately grabbed the back of my head and pushed my face so hard into his crotch I couldnâ€™t breathe,â€� she recalls in the book. â€œI somehow was able to forcefully push him off, and feeling sick to my stomach escaped from the car as fast as I could. Again, I thought, why had this happened?â€�
She claims she never told anyone about the incidents until 2015.
â€œMaybe I thought I didnâ€™t have the right to complain, that I had somehow brought this unwelcome attention on myself,â€� she explains. â€œI was embarrassed, ashamed even. Who would believe me?â€�
Years later, she realized the previous events were examples of â€œassault.â€�
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