Megyn Kelly is taking growing allegations of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill head on, and revealed a personal story of her own in order to relate.
Kelly highlighted accounts from two former Capitol Hill staffers in an interview for Today with Megyn Kelly. During the segment Kelly’s guests recalled the alleged sexual harassment and discrimination they received while trying to climb the professional ladder.
Before the interview was over, and in an apparent effort to empathize with her guests, Kelly chimed in with her own story of harassment she claimed happened when she began working for Fox News Channel.
One of Kelly’s guests was attorney Rebecca Weir, who recounted a time where former Congressman Gary Miller had asked her to “twirl” for him.
“You just look stunning, just amazing today,” Rebecca recalled Miller saying to her while they were supposed to be talking business. “Would you mind just twirling for me?” he allegedly asked her.
“I was stunned. I was 22-years-old, I was young. I was inexperienced. I frankly didn’t have the tools at the time to respond in the way that I probably would now, so I complied.”
Kelly asked specifically how Weir felt after being asked to twirl. “It was gutting. I felt like a prostitute. He was undressing me with his eyes. I felt dirty,” Weir said.
Weir’s story prompted Kelly to remember a similar experience she allegedly endured as a fledgling anchor at Fox News. “Can I tell you…” Kelly began.
“When I started at Fox News, I was 32, I had practiced law for 10 years already. I was asked to do the twirl and I did it.” Kelly said.
“I am still humiliated by that,” Kelly said as she appeared to choke back tears. “Humiliated that I did it,” she added. The former Fox host said she realizes that being asked to twirl may not sound like a big deal to a lot of people, but when it happens to you, it’s extremely degrading.
Kelly said that at the time she was afraid to speak up, and rationalized the request to twirl as somewhat reasonable because appearing on TV is a “visual business.”
“You think, ‘I don’t want my relationship to fall apart. In my business, it’s a visual business. I’m not sure if it’s inappropriate.'”
But Kelly confessed that deep down she knew it had been inappropriate all along. While, she didn’t name names, Kelly was most likely talking about former Fox CEO Roger Ailes.
Kelly rose to stardom at Fox News and made big news of her own after turning down a lucrative offer to stay at the news network. Since her break with the network, Kelly alleged that former Fox CEO Roger Ailes had repeatedly sexually harassed her at the workplace. Ailes had been specifically accused of asking women to twirl. In a lawsuit, a Fox 5 reporter alleged Ailes made her stand and twirl so he could see her from behind. Another former Fox News Channel host, Andrea Tantaros, also alleged the same thing about Ailes, saying he had asked her to twirl, but she had refused.
Ailes was eventually fired from Fox News Channel amid numerous accusations of sexual assault.
Kelly’s been having a hard time finding an audience with her new gig at Today where she had hoped to move away from hard-hitting political talk and showcase her softer side.
Kelly’s interview can be watched below. Her latest Fox confession come up at about the 8:50 mark.
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