Kelly — who is in the final months of a $15-million-a-year contract with the network — claims in the book that when Carlson first filed her complaint, Ailes commenced an “intense campaign” to get her and other stars to speak in his defense.
“I was approached several times, and several times I refused,” she claims in the book, obtained by Radar.
She insists, however, “There was no way I was going to lie to protect him.”
Ailes vehemently has denied any misconduct. But Kelly claims in the book that he started to harass her, too, in the summer of 2005, a few months after she was hired as a legal correspondent in Fox’s Washington bureau.
She writes that she was informed by her managing editor that she’d “captured the attention of Mr. Ailes” and she was summoned to the first of a series of meetings in his Manhattan office.
“Roger began pushing the limits,” she alleges. “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.”
Kelly claims that Ailes attempted several times to get her to exchange sexual favors for career advancement but she rebuffed him each time.
Ultimately Ailes became more aggressive:
But in January 2006, she claims, he “crossed a new line — trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips.” When she shoved him away, she alleges, “he asked me an ominous question: ‘When is your contract up?’ And then, for the third time, he tried to kiss me.”
Kelly claims all of that stopped in about six months after she reported the behavior to a supervisor.
Kelly also claims that she knew crossing Ailes was "a major risk" as the reason for her years of silence.
Radar Online also notes that the book is being published by Harper Collins which is owned by the same company which owns Fox News, so that might mean that though Kelly has free rein to talk about Ailes, she could be limited in making accusations against Fox News itself.
However it is also true that her contract with Fox is up in just a few months, so who knows, we might just get the whole lurid story someday.