There is an explosive section in FOX News’ Megyn Kelly’s new book, “Settle for More.” Kelly, largely considered to be the face of FOX News, details in her new book, which will be released on November 15, how former FOX News CEO Roger Ailes not only sexually harassed her but also sexually assaulted her in his office and threatened to fire her after she pushed him away.
The bombshell report, courtesy of RadarOnline, reveals that a new section has been added to her book which is being published by HarperCollins. The publishing company is owned by the same media conglomerate as FOX News. The 45-year old Kelly opens up about not only her experience of being sexually harassed and assaulted by 76-year old Ailes but also about how she was approached several times to come to Ailes defense after former FOX News host Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment. Kelly not only refused to come to his defense, she also decided to open up about her experience.
After Carlson left the network, Megyn Kelly was curiously silent even as other FOX News personalities, including Judge Jeanine Pirro and Kimberly Guilfoyle, were coming to Ailes defense. There were reports at that time that Kelly met with attorneys who were conducting an investigation into Ailes and shared with them her own experience with sexual harassment. We now know what she may have possibly shared with the attorneys based on what she said in her book.
RadarOnline obtained a copy of the book and details some of the damning information shared in it by Megyn Kelly.
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.”
Ultimately, Ailes did not go through with his threats to fire Megyn Kelly for not giving into his advances. It could be because after enduring his harassment for six months, she reported Ailes to a supervisor. Years later, the $15-million a year contract that she received a few years ago from FOX was demonstrative of how much FOX news valued Megyn Kelly and how important she was to the network’s future. Now, nearing the end of that contract, Kelly is reportedly aiming for a $20-million a year contract to remain with FOX.
After Gretchen Carlson stepped forward with allegations of sexual harassment by Ailes, Kelly says she thought to herself what if he was doing those things to someone else. At that time, she reached out to Lachlan Murdoch, the co-chair of FOX News’ parent company 21st Century FOX and shared with him her own experience of sexual harassment and sexual assault at the hands of Roger Ailes.
Ailes left the network in disgrace but with a $40-million payoff. He went on to join the Trump campaign as a consultant, with many thinking he is advising Trump on the rumored Trump TV.