Looks like another name has been added to the list. Fox News star Megyn Kelly alleges in her forthcoming book, "Settle for More," that disgraced network founder Roger Ailes, who was ousted in July, sexually harassed her several years ago, according to excerpts obtained by Radar Online, which were published Thursday.
"I was approached several times, and several times I refused," Kelly reportedly wrote in the book.
According to the Fox host, the unwanted sexual advances started as soon as she joined the network in 2005. As a legal correspondent at the channel's Washington bureau, Kelly wrote that Ailes "began pushing the limits," adding:
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.
Now sitting at the desk of her primetime network show, "The Kelly File," which was cable news' No. 1 show in October, the rising media star accuses Ailes of promising to advance her career "in exchange for sexual favors," Radar Online reported. Kelly, for her part, refused "every single one" of his attempts, though they became more aggressive in January 2006, when she claimed he "crossed a new line — trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips." When she pushed him away, Kelly wrote, Ailes asked: "When is your contract up?"
Ailes has denied all of Kelly's supposed allegations, maintaining that he has never harassed any woman at Fox.
The former network chairman and CEO resigned in July after ex-host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the channel alleging Ailes sexually harassed her for years. The suit was settled and Carlson was reportedly paid $20 million.
News of the shock allegations supposedly leveled against Ailes in Kelly's upcoming book, which hits the shelves on Nov. 15, follows reports that the network is in negotiations with the Fox favorite, who is seeking a salary north of $20 million.