Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes made repeated sexual advances towards Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly — and even insinuated that she might be fired if she refused him — according to excerpts reportedly obtained from Megyn Kelly’s upcoming memoir, Settle For More.
In 2005 — just months after the beginning of her career at Fox News as a legal correspondent — Kelly alleges she was told by her managing editor that she’d “captured the attention of Mr. Ailes” and that he wanted to meet her at his office in Manhattan.
“Roger began pushing the limits,” Kelly writes. “There was a pattern to his behavior. I would be called into Roger’s office, he would shut the door, and over the next hour or two, he would engage in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with me — veering between obviously inappropriate sexually charged comments (e.g. about the ‘very sexy bras’ I must have and how he’d like to see me in them) and legitimate professional advice.”
Kelly alleges that in a series of meetings Ailes offered career advancement “in exchange for sexual favors” and attempted “physical advances” towards her that she refused. In 2006, Kelly claimed, Ailes “[tried] to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips.” When she pushed him away, Kelly added, “he asked me an ominous question: ‘When is your contract up?’ And then, for the third time, he tried to kiss me.”
Kelly writes that she reported Ailes’ behavior to a supervisor, and that the harassment eventually ended after six months. When Carlson and others came forward, Kelly said, Ailes began an “intense campaign” to get her and others to defend him publicly. “Crossing him was a major risk,” wrote Kelly. “But what if — God forbid — he was still doing it to someone?” So she called Lachlan Murdoch, the co-chairmen of 21st Century Fox, and shared with him and the firm’s general counsel the details of her experience.
The resulting investigation into Ailes behavior — including the revelation that Carlson had managed to secretly record some of his alleged advances toward her — eventually forced Ailes to leave the network. The rest, as they say, is history.
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