Megyn Kelly Claims Ex-Fox News Boss Roger Ailes Offered to Boost Her Career for 'Sexual Favors'
Fox News superstar Megyn Kelly has gone public with claims that her former boss demanded sexual favors from her to advance her career.
In a leaked excerpt from her soon-to-be-released autobiography, Settle For More, she had some choice words for Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
“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," she wrote.
She alleges that Ailes went further than just inappropriate talk in 2006.
“He crossed a new line, trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips. He asked me an ominous question: 'when is your contract up?' and then, for the third time, he tried to kiss me,” she wrote.
Ailes, 76, was forced to resign as CEO of Fox News in July after anchor Gretchen Carlson and several others accused him of sexual harassment.
Ailes' attorney denies Carlson's allegations and the latest allegations from Kelly, pointing to an interview with Charlie Rose just one year ago, where she said: “[Ailes is] absolutely a mentor to me. He's also a friend.
“I really care about Fox and I really care about Roger. And he's been nothing but good to me and he's been very loyal. And he's had my back.”
Kelly was featured on the cover of February's Vanity Fair as Fox News’ brightest toughest star. Now she's negotiating a new contract for a reported $20 million.