Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Megyn Kelly said an ‘underground army of women’ at Fox News helped oust Roger Ailes for sexual harassment – Business Insider



Megyn Kelly
Megyn
Kelly.

Victoria
Will/Invision/AP


Gretchen Carlson was the first woman at Fox News to publicly
accuse former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment,
but she definitely wasn’t the last.

Ailes
died Thursday
at age 77.

In her memoir “Settle
for More
,” Fox News host Megyn Kelly described how women at
the network secretly banded together to share their stories with
investigators, ultimately ousting Ailes in July 2016.

Kelly also accused Ailes
of trying to kiss her in 2006
when she had just started as a
reporter in Fox’s D.C. bureau in the book, a charge he
strongly denied. Years later, a friend of hers at the
network told her about a similar experience.

After
Carlson filed her lawsuit July 6
, and Fox began investigating
the charges, Kelly wrote that she and her friend agreed to tell
the investigators the truth if they were interviewed, and began
quietly asking around if more women had experienced harassment
from Ailes.

“She was a fearless soldier in what would become an underground
army of women — those resolved to be honest about his behavior,”
Kelly wrote.

But when Kelly found out the Ailes investigation would be limited
so she wouldn’t get questioned, she wrote, she decided to come
forward, and told Lachlan Murdoch, heir of the network’s parent
company 21st Century Fox, what happened to her. Ailes found out,

Kelly’s story leaked
, and
even more women
started telling Kelly their stories.

“I had become aware of many other victims — the underground
soldiers were finding each other — including some women who were
still being harassed by him in deeply unsettling ways,”
she wrote. “I figured if sharing my name with Roger would help
the others stay anonymous, so be it.”

By July 21,
Ailes resigned
, despite continuing to deny the allegations
against him.

He went on to
advise President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign
. Carlson

settled her lawsuit
with Ailes and 21st Century Fox for $20
million in September.


Roger Ailes
Roger
Ailes in 2006.

REUTERS/Fred
Prouser


Throughout the book, Kelly expresses gratitude to Ailes for
giving her so many chances to advance her career, and writes that
she looked to him as a mentor. But she explains how she felt she
had to come forward with the other women who said they
experienced sexual harassment from Ailes’, too, even though this
“army” had to stay “underground.”

“Somehow, they found the courage to risk it all. They want their
anonymity, and I will respect their wishes, but as a result, they
will never get the credit they deserve,” Kelly wrote. “All I can
say is, I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.”

Settle
for More
” was on the New York Times
Best Sellers list
 months after it debuted on November
15, 2016. Kelly’s new show on NBC News premieres in
June
.



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