Friday, July 22, 2016

Megyn Kelly is an even bigger player in the Ailes-Murdoch-Fox News saga than previously reported.


"New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman is reporting that Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly has been a heavier player in the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal at Fox News than previously reported:

When Gretchen Carlson filed her sexual-harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes on July 6, the explosive allegations surely did not surprise Megyn Kelly. Fox News' biggest star has since told lawyers hired by parent company 21st Century Fox to investigate Ailes that she experienced similar unwanted sexual advances from the Fox News chair in the mid-2000s when she was a young correspondent in the Washington bureau.

According to a source briefed on the investigation, Kelly has helped at least one colleague speak out, too. In recent days, Kelly has called a former Fox female anchor and encouraged her to share her experience of harassment by Ailes with the corporate investigators. The former Fox anchor had described to Kelly being kissed against her will by Ailes during a private meeting. According to a person briefed on Kelly's thinking, Kelly decided to speak to Paul, Weiss attorneys and encourage others to do so because she felt that a parade of Fox women marching to Ailes's defense was presenting a distorted public account of the company's culture. "Megyn thought the other side of the story needed to be told," the source said.

Kelly has so far declined to comment. Her lawyer told the New York Times that "she has cooperated with the inquiry fully and truthfully."

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