*Some names have been changed to protect the safety of the individuals involved. But in a cigarette-scented hotel room near a Chicago airport, more than a dozen men come and go with wet cheeks and quivering lips.No one had died, no national tragedy had occurred— they had just been caught trying to buy sex.What made Bland’s death so shocking—the reason that millions of people watched the dash-cam footage of her arrest or closely examined her mugshot—was the mystery at its heart.
When Ailes made harassing comments to her about her legs and suggested she wear tight-fitting outfits after she joined the network in 2005, she tried to ignore him. When Carlson complained to her supervisor in 2009 about her co-host Steve Doocy, who she said condescended to her on and off the air, Ailes responded that she was “a man hater” and a “killer” who “needed to get along with the boys.” After this conversation, Carlson says, her role on the show diminished.
In September 2013, Ailes demoted her from the morning show to the lower-rated 2 p.m. Carlson knew her situation was far from unique: It was common knowledge at Fox that Ailes frequently made inappropriate comments to women in private meetings and asked them to twirl around so he could examine their figures; and there were persistent rumors that Ailes propositioned female employees for sexual favors.
The 37-year-old victim told police that an argument began when he offered to help pay for the two men’s meal, which they were a few dollars short of paying for, inside Texas Chicken and Burgers in Flatbush on March 1.
The two men got angry at the offer and soon grabbed the victim’s cane and began striking him in the head and body with it and their fists, police said.
The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for multiple broken bones, contusions and lacerations.
Video from inside the restaurant shows the vicious attack as it unfolded in full view of other customers.
Across the country, cops are implementing a strategy that has long been debated in Europe: targeting the men who buy sex while trying to help the women who sell it.
Some police and scholars say that focusing law enforcement attention on sex buyers reduces demand for prostitution, which strangles the sex industry and curbs human trafficking.
The culture of fear at Fox was such that no one would dare come forward.
Ailes was notoriously paranoid and secretive — he built a multiroom security bunker under his home and kept a gun in his Fox office, according to — and he demanded absolute loyalty from those who worked for him.
If Bland had taken her own life, how could she have reached a state of irreversible despair so suddenly?