Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has denied he sexually harassed news anchor Megyn Kelly, in a statement ahead of the Kelly Files host’s memoir’s release on Tuesday, November 15.
In a chapter of her book Settle for More, obtained by Radar Online, Kelly alleges that Ailes made inappropriate remarks about her clothing and reportedly suggested that he would help advance her career “in exchange for sexual favors.” Kelly also writes that Ailes tried to kiss her multiple times over months of alleged harassment before she reported him to her supervisor.
In a statement to Deadline, Ailes’ attorney denied the claims.
“I categorically deny the allegations Megyn Kelly makes about me,” Ailes said in a statement released through his lawyer Susan Estrich. “I worked tirelessly to promote and advance her career, as Megyn herself admitted to Charlie Rose. Watch that interview and then decide for yourself. My attorneys have restricted me from commenting further — so suffice it to say that no good deed goes unpunished.”
During an interview with Charlie Rose in 2015, Kelly said: “I really care about Roger. And he has been nothing but good to me. And he’s been very loyal. And he’s had my back. And he’s looked out for me.”
In an interview with Dr. Phil set to air on Tuesday, November 15, Kelly also claimed that Ailes sexually harassed her. The Fox News host also reportedly tells Dr. Phil that POTUS-elect Donald Trump threatened her after she interviewed Harry Hunt, the author of Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.
“Trump was not happy with that interview,” Kelly told Dr. Phil. “He wasn’t happy that I put the reporter on the show and four days before the presidential debate.”
As previously reported, Fox & Friends coanchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes this past July, claiming that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she worked at the company and refused to renew her contract after she rebuked his advances. Ailes denied the accusations but resigned as chairman two weeks later. Carlson has since settled with Fox.
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