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Megyn Kelly Recalls When Charlie Rose Grilled Her Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Allegations

A day after the Washington Post reported that eight women have accused veteran broadcaster Charlie Rose of sexual harassment and misconduct, NBC’s Megyn Kelly recounted her own personal experience with Rose.

During today’s broadcast of Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly told the audience that she’s “known Charlie for years” and “considered him a friend,” thus making this “not a pleasant story” for her. She then said that she wanted to share a story involving her and Rose that wasn’t about harassment, but of the “underlying dynamic between men and women that contributes to this culture in which inappropriate conduct goes unaddressed.”

The former Fox News star explained that last year she asked Rose to emcee an event right after her book had come out. While she thought the event was supposed to discuss the “full scope of the book,” Rose apparently had other ideas.

“Instead, the exchange felt to me like a cross-examine focused on one issue, the book’s sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes,” Kelly stated. “Allegations Ailes denied but which I know are true because I lived it.”

She continued, “I felt defensive in the exchange with Charlie and wound up angry about how he handled my book event. Obviously, his behavior now makes more sense.”

The NBC host let the audience know that she handled her feeling of anger at that time by sending Rose a bottle of wine and a thank you note (leading to awkward applause from the crowd). Kelly pointed out that she was trying to make a different point — that this is what women feel obliged to do.

“I believed it was better to be nice,” Kelly noted. “I believed it was better not to express my anger or upset. I believed it was better to brush it off and pretend that didn’t happen. But I think it is well past time to express our upset. For us not to worry so much about being nice and being like and being kind and never causing offense.”

She would conclude by stating that the “time has come” and that women were in “the middle of an empowerment revolution.”

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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