“He tried to kiss me three times,” Kelly told George Stephanopoulos. “So I rejected that, and when I rejected that he asked me when my contract was up.”
Kelly, who appeared on the show to promote her new book, “Settle For More,” went on to say that after Ailes’ sexual advances, she called a lawyer and reported him to a supervisor at Fox News.
“That person vouched for Roger’s character, assured me that he was a good man, that he was likely just smitten, and that I should try to avoid him, which is what I did,” she said, adding later that she kept her distance for the next six months.
Stephanopoulos then played an archived clip of a 2015 interview of Kelly on “Charlie Rose” in which she says that Ailes was “nothing but good” and “loyal” to her. Ailes has referenced the interview in his defense against Kelly’s new accusations.
“A woman can be harassed and then go on to have a good working relationship with the man harassing her. And that is what happened in my case,” Kelly said in her defense.
Stephanopoulos asked Kelly why she didn’t come forward earlier with her account.
“That would have been a suicide mission for me and my career,” she said explaining that her advances happened after she had been working at the company for only 12 months. “I had no power, and he was on the cover of industry magazines as the most powerful man in news.”
In the interview, Kelly also described her encounter with Donald Trump when they met in Trump Tower at her request in April, following their tumultuous relationship on the campaign trail.
“He hugged me,” she said. “It was bizarre to be hugging this man who had tried to torment me for nine months and who had endangered my security.”
Kelly also addressed Trump’s recent appointments of Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, and conservative media executive Steve Bannon as his senior counselor.
“What I’m hearing is Steve Bannon will really be in charge, that he’s the ‘Trump Whisperer,'” she said. “What we’re being told is Steve Bannon will really have the ear of Donald Trump, and I don’t know what that means for Reince Priebus.”