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Roger Ailes Denies Megyn Kelly Sexual Harassment Allegations

Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes responded Thursday to a reported excerpt in Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming book, in which she apparently details months of sexual harassment at the hands of Ailes.

“This is what Ms. Kelly had to say about Roger Ailes only one year ago on the Charlie Rose program. ‘I really care about Roger. And he has been nothing but good to me. And he’s been very loyal. And he’s had my back. And he’s looked out for me.’ Mr. Ailes denies her allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind,” reads the statement from Susan Estrich, counsel to Roger Ailes.

On Thursday, Radar Online claimed to have obtained an excerpt from Kelly’s book “Settle for More,” which hits stands on Nov. 15. The report alleges that Kelly added details of the sexual harassment to her book, being published by HarperCollins, at the last minute.

In the memoir, Kelly allegedly said that she was first informed that she “captured the attention of Mr. Ailes” by her managing editor in 2005, shortly after she became a legal correspondent in Fox’s Washington bureau. From there, Ailes then apparently began summoning Kelly to his office for a series of meetings.

“Roger began pushing the limits,” reads the excerpt. “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.”

She reportedly alleges that Ailes would offer to advance her career “in exchange for sexual favors,” which she rejected. But in January 2006, Kelly wrote that Ailes tried to grab her repeatedly and kiss her, and when she rejected his advances, he asked, “When is your contract up?” The alleged harassment ended after six months, says the report, likely because Kelly reported Ailes to a supervisor.

Kelly also apparently touches on Gretchen Carlson’s allegations of sexual harassment. The former Fox News anchor sued Ailes for sexual harassment in July and, after more women stepped forward with similar accusations, Ailes stepped down later that month. Kelly apparently says that she was approached “several times” to speak in Ailes’ defense, which she refused.

“There was no way I was going to lie to protect him,” reads the excerpt.

Fox News declined comment on the story. Kelly’s reps were not immediately available for comment.

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