Megyn Kelly Reportedly Encouraged Female Colleague to Speak About Ailes Harassment


megynA new report from NY Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman provides some more insight into Megyn Kelly‘s role in the ongoing investigation into sexual harassment claims against Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes.

Sherman previously reported that while Kelly has been silent publicly in reaction to Gretchen Carlson lawsuit, it turns out that she told investigators Ailes once sexually harassed her.

And following new reporting that Ailes is apparently furious with Kelly, Sherman is now reporting that Kelly has encouraged at least one former colleague to speak out:

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.

Ailes lawyer Susan Estrich sent out a statement to multiple media outlets today saying that Ailes has “spent the last 10 years helping Megyn Kelly become the star that she is.”

Now, Ailes is reportedly being pushed out by the Murdoch’s amid all this drama, and if you’re looking for some sign of legitimacy to this behind-the-scenes stuff, look no further than the cover of tomorrow’s New York Post, a Murdoch-owned paper:

The Post report notes that Kelly isn’t supporting Ailes and that hosts like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have clauses in their contracts allowing them to leave if Ailes does too.

There were reports today about Ailes officially leaving, but they were walked back and it’s believed negotiations over his exit are still underway.

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