One of the Fox News Channel’s brightest stars, Megyn Kelly, has joined a chorus of women accusing network chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, according to a new report by New York Magazine.
The allegations reportedly surfaced during an investigation ordered by 21st Century Fox after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. The investigation is being conducted by the New York law firm Paul, Weiss.
“Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox,” the story reports, citing two sources who were briefed on the investigation. “Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.”
The news follows speculation that Kelly might have something to say after she remained silent while a number of women who have held prominent jobs at Fox News, including Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Ainsley Earhardt, spoke out in support of Ailes.
“Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes,” New York Magazine notes.
The report adds: “According to two sources, Monday afternoon lawyers for 21st Century Fox gave Ailes a deadline of August 1 to resign or face being fired for cause. Ailes’s legal team — which now includes Susan Estrich, former campaign manager for Michael Dukakis — has yet to respond to the offer. Ailes has also received advice on strategy from Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, sources say.”