Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star who is too nasty for some Trump surrogates, has been updating her memoir in the wake of Fox News founder Roger Ailes's exit. According to a report, Kelly describes how Ailes allegedly tried to kiss her multiple times while insinuating her job was on the line.
Radar obtained excerpts from Kelly's memoir, Settle for More, which describes what happened when she was first hired as a legal correspondent at the DC bureau in 2005:
She writes that she was informed by her managing editor that she’d “captured the attention of Mr. Ailes” and she was summoned to the first of a series of meetings in his Manhattan office.
“Roger began pushing the limits,” she alleges. “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.”
He offered to advance her career “in exchange for sexual favors,” she writes, and even though she says she rejected “every single one,” she claims he tried “physical advances.”
But in January 2006, she claims, he “crossed a new line — trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips.” When she shoved him away, she alleges, “he asked me an ominous question: ‘When is your contract up?’ And then, for the third time, he tried to kiss me.”
Kelly did report Ailes, and the harassment stopped within months. “Crossing him was a major risk, but what if — God forbid — he was still doing it to someone?" she writes.
Ailes only left the network in July of this year after bombshell harassment allegations from former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson. While some Fox News employees spoke out to defend Ailes (and regret it), Kelly did not speak publicly and apparently was instrumental in assisting the internal investigation by detailing her experiences being allegedly harassed by Ailes.
Numerous women have accused Ailes of predatory behavior, as well as encouraging a locker room atmosphere where their bodies are inspected at Fox News. Ailes has denied all allegations.