Roger Ailes was accused in a July lawsuit by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson of acute acts of sexual harassment, including an alleged request for her to turn around so that he could check out her posterior. He denied it. An internal probe at Fox News commissioned by its parent company turned up other allegations. He denied them.
And now he’s denying the rather strong claims of Fox News megastar Megyn Kelly in her new book, “Settle for More.” A decade ago, not long after she was hired as a reporter in Fox News’s Washington bureau, Ailes began harassing her, a pattern that got extreme in a January 2006 encounter in which Ailes allegedly attempted to grab her and kiss her on the lips, according to her book. When she rejected his advances, Ailes reportedly asked her, “When is your contract up?”
After Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment, Kelly chimed in with her experiences for an internal probe at Fox News. Ailes was ousted from his job in July. And from exile, he has issued all manner of denials.
Susan Estrich, a lawyer representing Ailes, on Monday passed along this particular one:
I categorically deny the allegations Megyn Kelly makes about me. 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.
Source: The Washington Post | Erik Wemple