Reports: Fox CEO Roger Ailes Out, Megyn Kelly Alleges Sexual Harrassment
Hours after Megyn Kelly alleged that Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes sexually harassed her, reports were surfacing that Ailes was getting ousted.
Ailes was already on shaky ground after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit for sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
Kelly, who is a critical asset to the network, told lawyers that she was harassed by Ailes during her earlier days as a legal correspondent in Fox’s Washington bureau, according to a report by New York Magazine.
The publication reports that Kelly described in detail the sexual harassment, telling investigators that “Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox.”
Amid a flurry of reports that Ailes was being fired, 21st Century Fox sent out a comment over Twitter.
“Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement,” the statement read.
21CF statement: Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.
— 21st Century Fox (@21CF) July 19, 2016
Rupert Murdoch turned the management of 21st Century Fox over to his sons Lachlan and James about a year ago—they have recently been talking to lawyers about parting ways with Ailes, according to New York Magazine.
Former Fox anchor Carlson claimed in her lawsuit that her contract was terminated after she refused to bed Ailes.
Carlson alleges Ailes made “sexually-charged comments” and demanded sex to further her career prospects.
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” adding that “sometimes problems are easier to solve that way,” Ailes said, according to Carlson’s lawyers.
Ailes refuted the allegations..
“This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup,” Ailes said in a statement emailed by Fox communications staff. “This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”