Fox News chief Roger Ailes denies harassing Megyn Kelly

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A lawyer for Roger Ailes is denying that the Fox News Channel chief executive sexually harassed network star Megyn Kelly.

Susan Estrich’s statement on Tuesday came amid a swirl of contradictory reports that Ailes had been ousted as head of the influential network he built from scratch, that he hadn’t been ousted, and that he was negotiating a departure.

New York magazine, citing anonymous sources, reported on Tuesday that Kelly had told investigators working for Fox News Channel parent 21st Century Fox that Ailes had sexually harassed her 10 years ago.

A former Fox anchor, Gretchen Carlson, alleged in a lawsuit that Ailes had forced her out following a meeting where he told her that “you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago.”