Roger Ailes‘ lawyer Susan Estrich is addressing a new report of sexual harassment allegations against the Fox News chief – this time by one of his most famous protégés.
On Tuesday, Estrich addressed recent alleged accusations made by Fox News host Megyn Kelly, which have surfaced in the midst of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, 76, filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, 50.
On Tuesday, a New York Magazine claimed two sources had come forward to allege Kelly, 45, previously told investigators in detail about unwanted sexual advances Ailes made roughly 10 years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox.
Estrich called the allegations “surprising” in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “I think everybody was surprised because Roger has spent the last 10 years helping Megyn Kelly become the star that she is.”
Estrich added that Ailes “simply says he never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly and that they had enormous amounts of encounters over the years in which he consistently helped her become a stronger and more popular, more successful television anchor. You look at what she said about him in her book and every place else. She’s repeatedly said how terrific he’s been as a mentor.”
As to questions of Ailes’ employment with Fox News, which is reportedly nearing its end, Estrich said, “Who knows?”
She told THR, “And as you know, exit agreements can take all kinds of different forms, including agreements that provide for continuing roles. So there’s a lot of negotiations going on.”