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Roger Ailes sexually harassed Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, reports say
May 25 2017, 06:08 | Perry Erickson
Samantha Bee & the Poor Old Pervert Roger Ailes
Kelly might have had the same experience.
However, contrary to some news reports on Tuesday, "there is no deal", Ailes' attorney Susan Estrich said. "Now we have the answer".
On Tuesday and attributing again to anonymous sources, NY reported that the news reader Megyn Kelly had told investigators working for Twenty-First Century Fox that Ailes had sexually harassed her 10 years ago.
She has been criticized by Ailes spokesperson Irena Briganti for failing to defend her former mentor. He said he would do things for me if I was his special friend.
"I think this situation could only solidify her as the face of Fox", said Karen M. Turner, a journalism professor at Temple University and media critic. Given the styles of those two men, Ailes's exit could be its own Fox News-type affair, full of counter-attacks that are light on fact but heavy on vitriol.
Kelly's comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. 21st Century Fox hired an outside law firm to look into allegations against Ailes and NY magazine reported on Monday that company chiefs Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, had concluded that the media executive had to go. The law firm hired by 21st Century Fox is Paul, Weiss.
Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan are said to be in agreement that Ailes must go. NPR reported the same, citing two anonymous sources. Deadline reports he is out.
Ailes' departure could lead to uncertainty at Fox News Channel because of the loyalty of many anchors.
"The lawyers are seeking to interview former female employees of Fox News in addition to current staff".
It would also contain a consulting contract through 2017, Drudge reported. With anchors like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity in place, it's hard to imagine a dramatic course correction, especially with the November presidential election approaching. According to Carlson, Roger Ailes regularly ogled her, made sexual advances, and purposefully cut her pay in retaliation.
Ailes has denied all of the allegations made against him. After Carlson filed her suit, more women came forward alleging that they experienced similar behavior from Ailes during his days working as a producer in the '90s. If u had a new contract would u sue? Sign up for free news alerts from WND.com, America's independent news network. But this is ridiculous ...
The elder Mr. Murdoch has been in touch with his sons about the matter and when he returns from vacation in the south of France next week expects to bring it to a resolution, one of the people familiar with the matter said. "He has never said or done anything [inappropriate]".
There is so much more, Popdust readers, but I will leave you with the raw hamburger image. At Rupert Murdoch's behest, Ailes started a news network that catered to conservatives who felt ignored by the mainstream media. "So there's a lot of negotiations going on".
What becomes of Fox News should Ailes leave?
But sources told CNBC that Fox is nearing a decision, and the decision is likely to result in his departure from the network. This year, Fox News is leading all basic cable channels in prime-time and total-day viewership for the first time in the network's history.
Ailes defended her and in a statement at the time said she "is an excellent journalist and the entire network stands behind her".
Since the lawsuit was filed on July 6, several other women have alleged sexual harassment by Ailes, detailed in an article in New York Magazine.