Megyn Kelly has told investigators that Fox News chief Roger Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she was a young correspondent, according to the latest report by New York Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman, who wrote an unauthorized biography of Ailes. He quoted “two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive” that Kelly “described her harassment in detail.”
Fox News referred questions to 21st Century Fox, which declined to comment.
Kelly has been conspicuously absent among the many female Fox News hosts who have publicly defended their boss Ailes, who has been on the defensive since Carlson filed her sexual harassment lawsuit against him July 6. Greta Van Susteren and Maria Bartiromo have been among the FNC hosts to speak out. Parent company 21st Century Fox hired New York law firm Paul, Weiss to investigate the suit’s harassment claims.
Yesterday, Sherman was out first with a report that moves are afoot among Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan to “sideline” Ailes. “This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded,” a representative of 21st Century Fox told Deadline when asked for comment.
Kelly, whose on-air scrap with Donald Trump at the first GOP Presidential debate turned her into a household name (she later got a primetime interview special on big Fox — including a sit-down with Trump). She is currently in contract negotiations, and would be a major loss to Fox News, which has seen its highest-ever ratings during this wild election season.