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Megyn Kelly Says Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her

| by Lauren Briggs

​Fox News host Megyn Kelly joins several women with allegations of sexual harassment from the network's former CEO Roger Ailes.

In her new memoir, "Settle For More," Kelly wrote that the 76-year-old longtime CEO, who stepped down in July after former Fox host Gretchen Carlson and other women accused him of unwanted sexual advances, came on to her and threatened to fire her after she "pushed him away," according to excerpts obtained by RadarOnline.

"Roger began pushing the limits," Kelly wrote of the time period when he began inviting her to his office. "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."

Ailes offered to fast-track her career "in exchange for sexual favors" and made "physical advances" on her, such as trying to grab her and kiss her on the lips, which she turned down, Kelly wrote.

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"He asked me an ominous question: 'When is your contract up?'" Kelly wrote of the time after she pushed him away. "And then, for the third time, he tried to kiss me."

Kelly reported him to a supervisor six months after the alleged inappropriate behavior began, despite the possibility that it could end her career.

"Crossing him was a major risk, but what if -- God forbid -- he was still doing it to someone?" she explained.

She also said that Ailes even tried to convince her to vouch for his character when Carlson first came forward with the allegations.

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"I was approached several times, and several times I refused," she wrote, later adding, "There was no way I was going to lie to protect him."

Ailes' lawyer, Susan Estrich, has suggested that Kelly is not telling the truth, citing kind words she has said about the former CEO in the past, according to Deadline.

"Mr. Ailes denies her allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind," Estrich said on Nov. 3.

Sources: RadarOnlineDeadline / Photo credit: Megyn Kelly/Facebook

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