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New movie to tell story of Fox News sexual harassment scandal - and guess who's playing Megyn Kelly

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A new film is being produced to tell the story of the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News exposed in recent years, and Charlize Theron will play Megyn Kelly in the clip.

The movie will reportedly track Kelly's rise at the network from legal correspondent to her highly-acclaimed show, The Kelly File.

Former Fox hosts Gretchen Carlson, Greta Van Susteren, and Bill O'Reilly will also be depicted, along with the late Roger Ailes.

Fox became embroiled in a series of scandals starting in 2016 that resulted in the departure of a succession of high-profile hosts, along with the former and departed Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television stations, Roger Ailes.

In July of 2016, Gretchen Carlson filed suit against Mr. Ailes, claiming that she was terminated by the network for refusing his sexual advances. During an investigation of the claims, Kelly disclosed that she, too, had been harassed by Ailes ten years prior.

Kelly was reportedly asked to come to Ailes' defense, and refused. She later explained in her book that the former CEO's discussions toward her over the years always encompassed a combination of good advice but sexual innuendo, with the latter eventually escalating to a level that was indefensible. She also disclosed that his advances became physical in nature.

Ailes eventually resigned but more women continued to come forward with allegations of abuse against him and other high-profile Fox News employees — namely Bill O'Reilly, Eric Bolling and Charles Payne.

One of the accusers, Andrea Tantaros said, "Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny."

In the meantime, the network has been making changes.

Last month, Fox News announced the appointment of their first female Chief Executive, Suzanne Scott, who has been with the company since its inception 22 years ago. She has been placed in the former post of Mr. Ailes, and is the only woman who heads a major cable network.

Scott was behind placing Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham in top spots for Fox News evening shows on the network.



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