On her Today show Thursday, Megyn Kelly covered the topic of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, and interviewed two former Capitol Hill staffers, Rebecca Weir and Katherine Cichy, who had experienced sexual harassment.
Weir recalled being asked to do the “twirl” by ex-congressman Gary Miller. “I was stunned,” said Weir. “I was 22 years old, I was young, I was inexperienced and I frankly didn’t have the tools at the time to be able to respond in the way I probably would now so I complied.”
“It was gutting, I felt like a prostitute, like he was undressing me with his eyes, I felt dirty,” she added. “But at the same time, it was also just part of the job. My situation, that feeling and those types of situations are not unique on the Hill.”
That’s when Kelly added her own story, saying she also was asked to do the same thing when she first started working at Fox News.
“When I started at Fox News, I was 32, I had practiced law for 10 years, and I was asked to do the ‘twirl’, and I did it,” Kelly said, adding, “I’m still humiliated by that. Humiliated that I did it, and I felt degraded in the moment. I know it doesn’t sound like much, like, who cares, it’s a twirl, but it is degrading, and in the moment you don’t know what to do.”
Remembering her feelings at the time, she said, “I don’t want my relationship to fall apart, in my business it’s a visual business, I’m not sure, is this inappropriate? But you know it is on some level.”
Kelly did not identify who the Fox News executive was who asked her to do the “twirl.” She also did not clarify whether it happened during her audition, or shortly after she was hired.
The exchange begins at about the 6:45 minute mark in the following video:
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