Details of allegations of sexual harassment by Fox News chief Roger Ailes were leaked today in excerpts from FNC anchor Megyn Kelly’s book “Settle for More.” The book is due out Nov. 15.
Until now, Kelly has kept relatively quiet publicly about Ailes even while playing a role in an internal investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Ailes by Gretchen Carlson.
“On Thursday, several explosive details of Kelly’s account leaked online,” Vanity Fair reports. “According to RadarOnline.com, which allegedly obtained a copy of ‘Settle for More,’ Ailes told Kelly multiple times that he could advance her career in ‘exchange for sexual favors’ and made ‘physical advances on her.’”
The report quotes a passage said to be from Kelly’s book that reads: “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.”
Vanity Fair adds: “Kelly says she rejected every advance, but her former boss ‘crossed a new line’ in 2006, when he allegedly grabbed her and tried to kiss her 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.’”
Kelly reported Ailes to a supervisor, according to the account, and the harassment eventually stopped.