- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fox News prime-time anchor Megyn Kelly alleges sexual harassment from former network chief Roger Ailes in her forthcoming memoir, “Settle for More,” set to hit bookstores a week after the November election.

This development comes as Ms. Kelly herself is seeking to settle for more from the news network, reportedly angling for a contract renewal north of $20 million.

Roger began pushing the limits,” she said in the book, gossip site RadarOnline.com reported Thursday. “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.”

Her recounting of the incident was a last-minute addition to the book, RadarOnline.com reported.

Through a statement released Thursday by his attorney and former Fox News contributor Susan Estrich, Mr. Ailes denied the charges reportedly included in Ms. Kelly’s new memoir, Variety magazine reported.

“This is what Ms. Kelly had to say about Roger Ailes only one year ago on the Charlie Rose program: ‘I really care about Roger. And he has been nothing but good to me. And he’s been very loyal. And he’s had my back. And he’s looked out for me,’” said Ms. Estrich, author of the 2001 book “Sex & Power.” “Mr. Ailes denies her allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind.”

In July it was reported that Ms. Kelly, 45, informed network officials that Mr. Ailes had made unwanted advances when in 2006 when she was a network correspondent. For his part, the veteran cable TV executive denied the allegations. 

Mr. Ailes, 76, left the network in mid-July, bedeviled by sexual harassment allegations from various women that followed quickly on the heels of former network anchor Gretchen Carlson’s sexual-harassment lawsuit. 

In September the parent company for the Fox News Channel settled the Ailes lawsuit with Mrs. Carlson, paying out $20 million. The company also offered Ms. Carlson a public apology, admitting she “was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” The New York Times reported.

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