On Nov. 4, a chapter from the 45-year-old Fox News anchor’s upcoming memoir, Settle for More, leaked, in which Kelly said Ailes’ made inappropriate remarks about her clothing and suggested he would help advance her career “in exchange for sexual favors.”
Kelly claims in the chapter (first released by Radar Online) that after months of harassment, the 76-year-old “crossed a new line” in January 2006 when he grabbed her and repeatedly tried to kiss her. Upon shoving him away, the journalist alleges Ailes asked her the “ominous question” of “When is your contract up?” before trying to kiss her for a third time. Kelly says she never succumbed to any of his advances that she claims stopped after six months once she reported Ailes’ behavior to her supervisor.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Ailes is denying the allegations that Kelly details in her book.
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“I categorically deny the allegations Megyn Kelly makes about me. I worked tirelessly to promote and advance her career, as Megyn herself admitted to Charlie Rose. Watch that interview and then decide for yourself,” Ailes said in a statement provided to PEOPLE by his attorney, Susan Estrich. “My attorneys have restricted me from commenting further — so suffice it to say that no good deed goes unpunished.”
After the chapter leaked, Estrich told PEOPLE in a statement: “Mr. Ailes denies her allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct of any kind.” The statement also referred back to Kelly’s words about Ailes on Charlie Rose: “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.”
The Kelly File airs weekdays (9 p.m. ET) on Fox News Channel.