Fox News personality Megyn Kelly has told investigators that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes made unwanted sexual advances towards her, according to two New York Magazine sources. The alleged incident took place roughly a decade ago when Kelly began working at Fox’s Washington bureau as a legal correspondent.
Kelly’s revelation is the result of an ongoing 21st Century Fox probe into Ailes’ treatment of co-workers, incited by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit, filed earlier this month. The probe is being conducted by the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, which is reportedly speaking to former female employees and Ailes’ current staff.
Ailes has said Carlson’s allegations are false.
“This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously,” Ailes said in a statement.
A New York Magazine article published Monday, however, suggests Fox’s parent company may not be willing to defend Ailes much longer, based on the investigation’s findings thus far. Rupert Murdoch, along with his sons Lachlan and James Murdoch, have decided that Ailes “needs to go,” according to New York Magazine’s source. James Murdoch reportedly wants to ask for Ailes’ resignation sometime this week.
In response to reports that Roger Ailes had received a $40 million buyout, 21st Century Fox released this statement:
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
Kelly has publicly praised Ailes and expressed gratitude for his role in spurring along her career.
In a Charlie Rose interview from October 2015, Kelly said Ailes was “absolutely a mentor” to her.
“We’re not equals, but I depend on him for friendship and sane, honest advice,” Kelly said.
Ailes, for his part, has spent the better part of the last year defending Kelly against criticism from Republican Party nominee Donald Trump.
“Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist and the entire network stands behind her,” Ailes said in a statement in January.