As sexual misconduct allegations — and admissions — swirl around Hollywood, D.C., and the mainstream media business, NBC News host Megyn Kelly — formerly of Fox News — has a message for one particular industry: Stop lecturing us on morals.
Her words came Monday morning, the day in which even her own industry would find itself rocked by high-profile sex abuse scandals. First, top reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended by the New York Times after another reporter, along with other women, accused him of groping them. Then, Charlie Rose of CBS and PBS found himself suspended after eight women hit him with sexual assault allegations.
Speaking on her morning talk show, Kelly began, “Meantime Hollywood harassment has now gone criminal. A senior LAPD official telling NBC News the department is investigating — listen to this — almost two dozen cases of alleged criminal sexual misconduct connected to multiple people within the entertainment industry.”
“Think about that,” Kelly continued. “The allegations range from misdemeanor sexual battery to felony rape.”
She paused to point out to her audience that “this is the same industry that has been lecturing to us at every awards show for years about morals and values. It seems some of the moralizing should have been directed at themselves before they lectured the rest of America on how they need to be living.”
“Perhaps they could have focused more on people like Harvey Weinstein — not to mention Roman Polanski — and Kevin Spacey, who have been accused of criminal sexual assault,” she suggested.
More than 60 women have accused Hollywood producer Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape, according to People. Hollywood director Polanski pleaded guilty to assaulting a 13-year-old girl in the 1970s and has since faced more accusations, including a new one last month involving a 10-year-old girl, according to the New York Daily News. A dozen people have now come forward to accuse award-winning actor Spacey of harassment and assault, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Kelly has said she was also a victim of sexual harassment from former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, according to the Los Angeles Times. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accused him as well before he died in May.
“The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation. The silencing of them after-the-fact. It has to stop,” Kelly told her audience in October.
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