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Poisoned Coffee, Trump Threats, And Sexual Harrasment: 5 Takeaways From Megyn Kelly’s Memoir


Did someone poison Megyn Kelly’s coffee shortly before the first presidential debate?

As Hollywood Reporter reveals, that’s one of many questions the Fox News anchor poses in her soon-to-be-published memoir, Settle For More. 

On top of revealing that Roger Ailes offered her “professional advancement in exchange for sexual favors,” she also reflects on her numerous frightening, highly “bizarre” encounters with Trump.

Here are five key points to make you squirm.

1. Donald Trump allegedly threatened her on numerous occasions.

After she aired a segment about him on The Kelly File, Trump reportedly refused to show up for his next booked appearance on the show unless she personally gave him a jingle and apologized. Apparently he told her, “I almost unleashed by beautiful Twitter account against you, and I still may.” He also came after her when he heard she’d planned to start off the first debate with a “very pointed question directed at him.” She describes this as “bizarre behavior, especially for a man who wanted the nuclear codes.” Which now he’ll have soon enough.

2. She thinks someone may have tried to poison her ahead of the first debate. 

Kelly became suspicious of a driver who took her to the debate venue and kept insisting upon getting her coffee, which she eventually drank. She claims that immediately afterwards, she felt quite ill, vomiting so much it wasn’t clear if she’d ever make it onto the air. She doesn’t outright accuse anyone of foul play, but claims the incident frightened her enough to contact a lawyer.

3. Roger Ailes allegedly sexually harassed her. 

Apparently the former Fox News chief “made sexual comments to me, offers of professional advancement in exchange for sexual favors,” and tried to grab her and kiss her on the lips. when she tried to get away, he reportedly threatened her with a question: “When is your contract up?”

“I knew the reality of the situation,” she writes. “If I caused a stink, my career would likely be over.” She also maintains that Ailes “engineered hit pieces” about her online after she refused to publicly support him in the aftermath of Gretchen Carlson’s allegations.

4. Following the first presidential debate, she received numerous death threats. 

Shortly after the man who will be our next President sniped, impossibly, that Kelly had “blood coming out of her… whatever,” it was “like he flipped a switch,” Kelly writes. The infernal comment opened the floodgates to lots of “intense nastiness” in the form of vicious voice mails and death threats.

5. Trump tried to buy her good opinion. 

Not surprisingly, Trump was willing to fork out hefty sums of money in order to “shape coverage” of him. He offered to pay for Kelly’s weekend stay at the Trump SoHo hotel, an incident she refers to as “one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign.

“I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage. Many reporters have told me that Trump worked hard to offer them something fabulous — from hotel rooms to rides on his 757.”

Kelly has felt the need to offer up some clarifying Tweets:

Settle For More is out November 15th.

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