A senior campaign advisor said he doesn't know “anybody outside of Hope Hicks or Dan Saving” who spends more time with the Trumps, or is as trusted. Guilfoyle has been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant at Fox News, The New Yorker recently reported.
A former Fox News colleague told Business Insider that Guilfoyle spoke about sex frequently and “once went through a ranking of Latino men and their capabilities in bed.” Sometime after Thanksgiving 2008, a Fox News insider remembers her then colleague KimberlyGuilfoyle telling her a story.
According to the insider, Guilfoyle said she had just returned from the office of Fox News' chief executive, Roger Miles. What Guilfoyle needed At that moment from the Fox executive was something different from what he usually offered: sympathy.
Once fearful for her career, Guilfoyle had become a bona fide Fox News star. “She has nine lives,” Arthur Aida la, Guilfoyle's friend and Harvey Weinstein defense attorney, told Business Insider.
After leaving Fox News in June 2018, likely as a result of a sexual-harassment allegations, according to The New Yorker, the newscaster has refashioned herself as a conservative influencer for legions of female Trump supporters. Her speech at the virtual Republican National Convention, in August, instantly became a meme, drawing comparisons to Mussolini and “The Hunger Games'” Effie Trinket.
Mocked or not, it was the most talked-about speech of the convention, and it put Guilfoyle on a literal podium for Trump-loving conservatives. As for the 42-year-old Don Jr., in two years he's gone from just being Ivanka's brother to becoming one of his father's most ferocious right-hand men, thanks partly to Guilfoyle's careful grooming, people said.
“She's definitely made Don Jr. more serious,” R. Court Hay, a New York publicist, told Business Insider. She's helped guide and train and been very influential in Don's increasingly very secure, very formidable, very opinionated television personality.
They saw her remake herself into a New York media personality after leaving her district-attorney job in San Francisco. They've seen her drive and her ability to work a crowd and use her fame as currency, not unlike President Trump.
Her son, Roman, and Don Jr.'s oldest daughter, Kai, attended the same Manhattan private school. “ Kimberly had gotten an invitation to come to the swearing in,” Aida la said of his 2015 inauguration as president of the Brooklyn Bar Association.
Within three months of Vanessa's divorce filing, Guilfoyle and Don Jr. made it clear that the president's son had found a new first lady of his own. The two began making appearances on Guilfoyle's Instagram, hunting and fishing in Montana, mugging at a Poison concert with Bret Michael's, and posing for a photo on the White House colonnade, lovingly holding hands.
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The network issued a short statement on her exit: “Fox News has parted ways with KimberlyGuilfoyle.” In early October, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer reported that Guilfoyle's departure likely occurred after allegations were raised by her assistant of sexual harassment and the threat of a lawsuit.
According to the draft complaint, which The New Yorker said it viewed, the assistant alleged that Guilfoyle showed her lewd pictures of male genitalia that she had on her phone, encouraged her to lie to investigators about sexual-misconduct claims against “The Five” cohost, Eric Bowling, and advised her to sleep with wealthy men to advance her career. When they traveled together on business, the unfilled suit alleged that Guilfoyle demanded the assistant share a room with her.
Fox News paid Guilfoyle's assistant a multimillion-dollar settlement after seeing a draft of her 42-page complaint, The New Yorker reported. A source close to Guilfoyle denied that the former news host sexually harassed her assistant.
“I have been present on numerous occasions where the president turns to Kimberly and seeks her counsel on issues of policy like the judiciary and tax reform,” a family friend and senior campaign advisor said. Guilfoyle so impressed the president in her advisory role that he personally asked her to lead the fund-raising effort of Trump Victory, a fundraising organization focused on mid-tier donors, a group Trump has had difficulty marshaling.
“A lot of the professional fundraisers thought she was just being given a title and were very skeptical, and she's been an animal,” former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. Gary Ravine, the CEO of a construction company in Schaumburg, Illinois, was one of the donors Guilfoyle was tasked with courting.
This month, Ravine hosted an event in Woodstock, Illinois, with Guilfoyle and Don. An hour before it was set to start, Ravine was informed that the Secret Service and members of the campaign team had nixed the rally portion because of inadequate security.
In San Francisco, he worked in construction, eventually becoming a real-estate developer and trusted advisor to the man who would become his daughter's first husband, Gavin Newsom. A classmate recalls that Guilfoyle was bright, played softball, and participated in student government and the school's Irish Club.
After graduating from Mercy, in 1987, Guilfoyle attended UC Davis where she majored in rhetoric and communications. She went on to attend the University of San Francisco's law school, which she paid for in part through her work as a catalog model for Macy's and Victoria's Secret and a teaching job at the same school where her mother once worked.
Guilfoyle gained national attention not long after January 26, 2001, when Diane Whipple, a beloved 33-year-old women's-lacrosse coach, was mauled to death in the hallway of her San Francisco apartment building by a pair of dogs. She became the face of the case, conducting a majority of the interviews while coprosecutor Jim Hammer handled the opening and closing arguments and cross-examination of the defendants, according to the prosecutorial colleague.
“Good Morning America,” CNN, and Court TV began to regularly seek Guilfoyle out as a legal analyst. “She was the only assistant DA who showed up at trial with a publicist,” the coworker from Guilfoyle's early days in TV said.
In addition to her rising national profile, Guilfoyle's local celebrity rose to new heights when she married Gavin Newsom, in December 2001. The reception was held at the Getty Villa and had “a marble gazebo turned into an exotic tent made from yards of aqua-colored velvet with a gold-leaf pattern selected by Ann,” according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
At Fox News, Guilfoyle quickly ingratiated herself with the network's inner circle, hanging out in Geraldo Rivera's office for post show drinks and attending baseball games with Roger Miles and Bill O'Reilly. The show was popular, and Guilfoyle's gift for playfully sparring with her cohosts became a highlight for many viewers.
In August 2017, the Huffington Post reported that Bowling had been sending lewd photos and messages to female coworkers at Fox News. But those two people, in addition to another Fox employee who was there at the time, told Business Insider that Guilfoyle was engaged in a consensual relationship with her “The Five” cohost.
They claimed she kept the photos as an insurance policy for her own bad behavior and felt slighted after Bowling got a new show of his own, “Fox News Specialists.” Guilfoyle recent listed her Upper West Side apartment for $5 million.
The couple have created a familial unit, everyone vacations together at Mar-A-Lago, in Florida, where Guilfoyle had a lavish $50,000 51st birthday celebration on March 7. “ Kimberly personally went and moved him to one of the top hospitals in the city,” the longtime friend said.
(A source close to the couple said that while Guilfoyle and Don Jr. are “very happy together, there is absolutely no planning of any White House wedding.”) Despite people saying Don Jr. is the happiest hunting and fishing, he welcomes the popularity he's been able to bring to the campaign with Guilfoyle's help.
“They complement each other on the campaign trail, and her extensive television experience has been evident in the way that Don has been able to hone his messaging points to support his father.” A number of people who spoke with Business Insider, from within and beyond the Trump campaign, are less certain of the romance.
And some Trump allies are on edge in the event Guilfoyle and Don Jr.'s love affair combusts. “People are worried that the breakup would be awful,” a former Trump campaign advisor told Business Insider.