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Bill O'Reilly settled sexual harassment accuser's claims for 32Million, just weeks before signing new 100million Fox News contract {F}

Bill O'Reilly 'slammed his wife into a wall and dragged her by the throat down a staircase after she caught him having phone sex while naked from the waist down', claim court documents Bill O'Reilly paid accuser $32million

  • Bill O'Reilly agreed to personally pay Lis Wiehl $32million in January this year
  • Wiehl, a legal analyst, had threatened to sue him over alleged sexual harassment 
  • When Fox renewed O'Reilly's contract in February, he told them about their agreement
  • Five other settlements had already been given to women either by O'Reilly or the network over other alleged sexual misconduct 
  • His settlement to Wiehl was by far the largest and had remained a secret until Saturday when The New York Times published details of it
  • O'Reilly labeled it a 'smear piece' and released an affidavit sworn by Wiehl when they reached their agreement which retracted the allegations
  • In April, he was fired by Rupert Murdoch and his sons after those settlements became public 
  • In total, Fox and O'Reilly have paid a combined $43million to his accusers since 2002 

Bill O'Reilly agreed to pay a sixth sexual harassment accuser $32million in an astronomical settlement in January, weeks before signing a new $100million contract with Fox, it has been revealed.

The revelation was made on Saturday in a report by The New York Times which describes for the first time the allegations against O'Reilly by Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst who regularly appeared on his show. 

According to the Times, her complaints included claims of repeated harassment, a non-consensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her. 

He and the network had already settled the claims of five other women who made similar allegations.  

As part of their deal, O'Reilly agreed to pay 56-year-old Wiehl $32million over a period of time in exchange for her silence and agreement to never sue him or 21st Century Fox. She also signed an affidavit retracting all the allegations against him. 

O'Reilly pointed to that affidavit on Saturday in a furious response to the Times article which he labeled a 'smear piece'. 

His attorney shared a photograph of the legal document signed by Wiehl which made no mention of the sum he agreed to pay. 

In January this year, Bill O'Reilly agreed to give an accuser $32million in a huge settlement which he finalized weeks before resigning with Fox 

In January this year, Bill O'Reilly agreed to give an accuser $32million in a huge settlement which he finalized weeks before resigning with Fox 

The settlement was given to Lis Wiehl, a 56-year-old legal expert who regularly appeared on O'Reilly's show between 2001 and 2016

The settlement was given to Lis Wiehl, a 56-year-old legal expert who regularly appeared on O'Reilly's show between 2001 and 2016

21st Century Fox knew about her complaints and her threat to sue O'Reilly but was assured by the star and his lawyer that they would handle it personally but as part of her agreement with the star, she stopped working for the network. 

Once he had reached his deal with Wiehl, O'Reilly's lawyers told the network it had been settled but did not disclose the cash amount he agreed to pay her.

Weeks later, he was given a record-breaking contract extension which earned him $25million a year over four years.

The huge sum was an effort to ensure he would stay at the network which was still reeling from the scandal engulfing ousted chairman Roger Ailes and the departure of Megyn Kelly, one of its biggest stars. 

O'Reilly's agreement with Wiehl brings the total number of settlements given to women who have accused him of sexual misconduct to six and the total reported amount of cash paid out to around $45million. 

Wiehl is a legal expert who regularly appeared on Fox News shows to offer expert advice. 

She joined Fox News in 2001 after working with O'Reilly on his radio show for seven years. 

O'Reilly took credit for her hiring by Fox and the pair appeared on-screen together for years afterwards, demonstrating a playful on-screen relationship that at times seemed somewhat strained. 

She appeared on his show along with Fox hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Megyn Kelly to debate legal stories and at times bore the brunt of his jokes. 

O'Reilly believed they were friends and he helped promote her fictional books in YouTube videos and plugged them on his show. 

In one awkward video, she is seen nudging him on the knee as she playfully discusses the plot of one book, Hand of Fate, which tells the story of the murder of a popular and controversial TV and radio host. 

At one stage, O'Reilly held up the back of the book to comment on her 'cute' author photograph. 

He often joked that the book was written about him and that she wanted to kill him in real life, a claim she laughed off on-camera. 

On Saturday, O'Reilly published the affidavit sworn by Wiehl which he said the Times 'ignored'

On Saturday, O'Reilly published the affidavit sworn by Wiehl which he said the Times 'ignored'

Wiehl and O'Reilly worked together on radio shows before she joined Fox News as an analyst in 2001. He helped her promote her two books and appeared in an awkward interview above in 2010 with her

Wiehl and O'Reilly worked together on radio shows before she joined Fox News as an analyst in 2001. He helped her promote her two books and appeared in an awkward interview above in 2010 with her

During the 2010 video, he held up the back of her book to reveal her 'cute' photograph and joked it had been photoshopped 

During the 2010 video, he held up the back of her book to reveal her 'cute' photograph and joked it had been photoshopped 

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Lis Wiehl talks 'Hand of Fate' book with Bill O'Reilly in 2010
Wiehl appeared with Megyn Kelly at times on O'Reilly's show to discuss legal stories. The pair are pictured in 2009

Wiehl appeared with Megyn Kelly at times on O'Reilly's show to discuss legal stories. The pair are pictured in 2009

She was teased on-camera by O'Reilly and co-star Kimberly Guilfoyle during another appearance in 2010 

She was teased on-camera by O'Reilly and co-star Kimberly Guilfoyle during another appearance in 2010 

O'REILLY'S RESPONSE: IT'S A SMEAR PIECE

Mark Fabiani, O'Reilly's lawyer, issued this statement on Saturday after The New York Times published its piece. 

'Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O'Reilly, this time even failing to print a

from his former lawyer, Lis Wiehl, repudiating all allegations against Bill O'Reilly. The Times ignored that evidence, sworn under oath, and chose to rely on unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete leaked or stolen documents.

Here are the facts: after the Chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes was fired in July 2016, dozens of women accused scores of male employees of Fox News of harassment - including the current co-president of Fox News Jack Abernathy.

21st Century Fox settled almost all these cases, paying out close to $100 million dollars. Six months after Mr. Ailes left the company, Fox News Corporation signed Bill O'Reilly to a record breaking new contract after the company had analyzed and considered all allegations against him.

In its first article about Mr. O'Reilly on April 1st, The New York Times printed inaccurate settlement figures while fully understanding that O'Reilly and his counsel are legally bound by confidentiality and cannot set the record straight.

In its latest diatribe against Bill O'Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace.

Finally, in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline. The New York Times has copies of two letters written by 21st Century Fox lawyers attesting to that fact.

The Times failed to print them, too. 

During an appearance with Megyn Kelly in April 2008, he said it was her 'high school picture' on the back of her book. 

Wiehl's last appearance on Fox was in December 2016. Days later, she sent a letter to O'Reilly and to 21st Century Fox threatening to sue him.  

She claims that throughout their working relationship, he regularly sexually harassed her and once sent her explicit gay pornography. O'Reilly maintains that he had been sent the material by a troll and that he was only forwarding it on to her because she was one of his lawyers.

O'Reilly's lawyers stepped in and took over negotiations privately which 21st Century Fox confirmed on Saturday.  

In a statement to DailyMail.com on Saturday, a 21st Century Fox spokesman acknowledged it knew about Wiehl's complaints but said the network was assured by O'Reilly the matter had been dealt with before it gave him his new contract. 

O'Reilly was fired in April during a holiday with his family in Rome. He is pictured above, meeting the Pope on the same day Rupert Murdoch announced his firing 

O'Reilly was fired in April during a holiday with his family in Rome. He is pictured above, meeting the Pope on the same day Rupert Murdoch announced his firing 

At the time O'Reilly was negotiating the huge settlement, Fox was still reeling from the scandal surrounding former chairman Roger Ailes (left before his death in May). Megyn Kelly, its second-highest ranking host, had also just announced her departure for NBC
At the time O'Reilly was negotiating the huge settlement, Fox was still reeling from the scandal surrounding former chairman Roger Ailes (left before his death in May). Megyn Kelly, its second-highest ranking host, had also just announced her departure for NBC

Wiehl, a mother-of-two, is pictured with her ex-husband, Mickey Sherman., in 2008. They were married between 2006 and 2012, during which time she regularly appeared on Fox 

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Fox parted ways with O'Reilly in April over harassment allegations

The earliest of O'Reilly's settlements dates back to 2002 and was given to Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, a junior producer. The amount is not known. 

The second, in 2004, was for $9million 2004 and was awarded to Andrea Mackris, a producer on The O'Reilly Show. 

Rebecca Gomez Diamond, a Fox Business host, received an undisclosed amount in 2011. In 2016, Laurie Dhue and Juliet Huddy both received undisclosed settlements. 

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein
Andrea Mackris

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein (left) was given a settlement by O'Reilly in 2002. Andrea Mackris (right) received another relating to allegations of sexual harassment in 2004 

Rebecca Diamond Gomez received a settlement over allegations O'Reilly sexually harassed her
Laurie Dhue won a settlement over the same claims

Rebecca Diamond Gomez (left) received a settlement over allegations O'Reilly sexually harassed her in 2012 and in 2016, Laurie Dhue (right) received a settlement over the same claims

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Fox News employees file class action lawsuit alleging a 'Plantation-style management' where minorities are taunted with racial stereotypes Bill O'Reilly attacked wife when found having phone sex

  • In an affidavit filed in October of 2011, Bill O'Reilly's ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy accused him of assaulting her in a vicious attack at their home 
  • McPhilmy said in the court filing, which was first obtained by Jezebel, that she caught O'Reilly having phone sex in their bedroom while naked from waist down
  • He then slammed her into a wall, dragged her down a hallway and grabbed her by the throat before pulling her down the stairs claims the affidavit 
  • O'Reilly stopped the attack after he encountered a security guard who was in the family's $2.2million home to protect them according to the affidavit
  • McPhilmy said she opted to not press charges or tell authorities when asked by the guard, who she noted was caught off guard seeing her naked husband 

The ex-wife of Bill O'Reilly claimed in an affidavit filed during the couple's divorce proceedings that the disgraced Fox News host physically assaulted her when she found him having phone sex.

Maureen McPhilmy filed a notarized account of the incident in which she alleged that O'Reilly 'flew into a fit of rage' back in December 2009 when she found him in the middle of an intimate conversation with another person while in a partial state of undress in their bedroom.

She claimed in the court filing that soon after she walked in on O'Reilly, 67, he slammed her against a wall in their bedroom before wrapping his arms around her body and dragging her around their $2.2million Long Island mansion in Manhasset.

The October 11, 2011 affidavit was submitted as an exhibit in O'Reilly's recent fraud lawsuit against McPhilmy's divorce attorney Michael Klar and obtained by Jezebel just one week after a judge ordered that the document be sealed. 

Before the fall: In an affidavit filed in October of 2011, Bill O'Reilly's ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy (couple above in 2002) accused him of assaulting her in a vicious attack at their home

Before the fall: In an affidavit filed in October of 2011, Bill O'Reilly's ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy (couple above in 2002) accused him of assaulting her in a vicious attack at their home

The great grabsy: McPhilmy said in the court filing, which was obtained by Jezebel, that she caught O'Reilly having phone sex in their bedroom ($2.2million Manhasset home above) while naked from the waist down

The great grabsy: McPhilmy said in the court filing, which was obtained by Jezebel, that she caught O'Reilly having phone sex in their bedroom ($2.2million Manhasset home above) while naked from the waist down

McPhilmy claimed in the affidavit that a one-foot hole was left in the bedroom wall as a result of O'Reilly throwing her across the room at the start of the alleged altercation.

She was then grabbed by O'Reilly, who wrapped his arms around her so she was unable to move and dragged her down the hallway of their home according to the affidavit.

Then, when they reached the staircase, McPhilmy claimed that O'Reilly began dragging her by the neck and he walked downstairs and through the kitchen, where he eventually let go when they ran into one of their security guards. 

The affidavit stated that McPhilmy was screaming out in pain as she was being dragged and telling O'Reilly he was hurting her, but refused to file a report or speak with authorities when approached by the security guard who witnessed the alleged incident.

It was also stated in the filing that the man in the kitchen, who had been hired to protect the family, was caught off guard at the sight of O'Reilly naked from the waist down.

Two of the women who received settlements after accusing O'Reilly of harassment, Andrea Mackris and Juliet Ruddy, stated that they believed he was masturbating when he called them up for unwanted phone sex conversations.

It was later revealed during the divorce proceedings that the couple's daughter had seen O'Reilly choking her mother at some point towards the end of the marriage, though it is not clear if this was that same incident. 

Gawker reported that in 2015 after obtaining portions of the court transcripts from the couple's custody battle.  

O'Reilly successfully sued his wife last year, winning a $14million judgment after claiming she 'made false representations and material omissions of existing fact ... for the sole purpose of inducing Plaintiff to agree to a consensual divorce and to obtain money and real property to finance an existing extra-marital relationship.'

The couple separated in 2010 after 14 years of marriage and divorced a year later.

Those papers were filed just one month after McPhilmy was awarded custody of the children following a four-year court battle during which the couple's daughter made her aforementioned claim about witnessing abuse in the home. 

The former Fox News host denied this allegation, calling it '100 per cent false.'

He later added in a statement; 'All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false. 

I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.' 

He has also previously denied the claims made by his ex-wife in relation to the altercation at their home, and the phone sex claims of his sexual harassment accusers. 

Leisurewear: O'Reilly (above last month)  has maintained a low profile since his ousting from Fox News

Leisurewear: O'Reilly (above last month)  has maintained a low profile since his ousting from Fox News

United front: He and McPhilmy (above in 2016) did both agree that their divorce documents should be sealed

United front: He and McPhilmy (above in 2016) did both agree that their divorce documents should be sealed

After O'Reilly and McPhilmy separated in April 2010, she began dating a Nassau County Police detective named Jeffrey Gross - who she has since married. 

Upon learning of their relationship, O'Reilly – who had previously raised money for the department – is alleged to have had an internal affairs investigation launched into Gross. 

Then in March 2013, O'Reilly was accused of running a smear campaign against his wife of 15 years and even trying to ban her from the Catholic Church according to Gawker. 

The news anchor allegedly told the church that his ex wife was receiving communion even though she'd been divorced and remarried and that she'd been telling their children that her second marriage was valid in the eyes of God. 

For this, McPhilmy was allegedly reprimanded by her Long Island parish in writing.

The couple did manage to come together and agree about their divorce filings being sealed however, despite efforts to keep them available to the public. 

Gizmodo - which was purchased by Univision and is the parent company of Jezebel and the now-defunct Gawker - had been fighting against O'Reilly and his ex-wife's wishes in a bid to keep the divorce documents unsealed.

The media company said in March 23 motion that civil cases such as the one brought by O'Reilly are 'presumptively public,' and that there is 'a heavy [legal] burden to overcome' for anyone seeking to seal such records.

Gizmodo argued that O'Reilly has 'fail[ed] to demonstrate that there is a compelling, non-speculative reason to justify any sealing order in this matter.' 

The media outlet also claimed there is a 'substantial public interest' in the case.

'The use of the courts by any individual is a matter of public interest, and Mr. O'Reilly's status as a public figure who routinely comments on morality and administration of justice, increases rather than diminishes, the public interest in this proceeding,' said Gizmodo in a court filing. 

It's over: Fox News fires its most popular host, Bill O'Reilly

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Woman who says O’Reilly called her ‘hot chocolate’ speaks out Fox News employees file class action racism lawsuit

  • Eleven Fox News employees joined a class action lawsuit against the network on Tuesday
  • They are alleging that they have faced ‘hostile racial discrimination’ from Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and other top executives for years
  • Veteran reporter Kelly Wright claimed Bill O’Reilly refused to run a segment with him featuring black community stories because it portrayed African Americans in ‘too positive’ a light
  • 'Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a “Jim Crow” – the racist caricature of a Black entertainer,' it is alleged
  • Roger Ailes became ‘paranoid’ about terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks and took his suspicions out on Musfiq Rahman, a Bangladeshi payroll employee.

Eleven Fox News employees, including a former host of Fox and Friends, filed suit against the network on Tuesday, alleging that they have faced ‘hostile racial discrimination’ from Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and other top executives for years.

The employees claim the news outlet was ‘more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment,’ where minority workers were taunted with racial stereotypes, demeaned by management, and forced to take chaperones when visiting the executive floor.

The joint action lawsuit was first filed in March, but Tuesday’s complaint includes new allegations against O’Reilly and Ailes, who were both recently dropped by the network amid sexual harassment accusations. It also includes previous allegations against former vice president Judith Slater, who was fired in March.

Former Fox and Friends co-host Kelly Wright, a veteran reporter at the network was one of the  employees to join the class action discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday, bringing the total number of plaintiffs to 11. Another former employee, Adasa Blanco, also filed a related lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York on Tuesday.

Kelly Wright (left) claimed he ‘has been marginalized, as Fox News provided his White colleagues with opportunities for advancement for which he considered,’ citing his abrupt removal as a Fox and Friends co-host in 2008 and replacement by a white colleague

Kelly Wright (left) claimed he ‘has been marginalized, as Fox News provided his White colleagues with opportunities for advancement for which he considered,’ citing his abrupt removal as a Fox and Friends co-host in 2008 and replacement by a white colleague

Vielka Rojas
Mariela Lindsay

Vielka Rojas and Mariela Lindsay have joint in the discrimination lawsuit

Wright claimed Bill O’Reilly refused to run a segment with him featuring black community stories because it portrayed African Americans in ‘too positive’ a light. According to the lawsuit, O’Reilly also told Wright he should should call up Roger Ailes and ‘offer to sing the National Anthem at Fox News Town Halls’ – a proposal that Wright believed was due to his race

Wright, who is black, claimed he ‘has been marginalized, as Fox News provided his White colleagues with opportunities for advancement for which he considered,’ citing his abrupt removal as a Fox and Friends co-host in 2008 and replacement by a white colleague.

Wright claimed Bill O’Reilly refused to run a segment with him featuring black community stories because it portrayed African Americans in ‘too positive’ a light. 

The lawsuit also took issue with O’Reilly’s statements about race on the air, including jokes about Rep. Maxine Waters wearing a ‘James Brown wig’ and comments on violence and youth pregnancies in the black community.

According to the lawsuit, O’Reilly also told Wright he should should call up Ailes and ‘offer to sing the National Anthem at Fox News Town Halls’ – a proposal that Wright believed was due to his race.

‘Rather than viewing Mr. Wright as the two-time Emmy Award recipient he is, O’Reilly saw Mr. Wright as an entertainer and utility player,’ claimed the lawsuit.

‘Despite his outstanding performance, and because he is Black, Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a “Jim Crow” – the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.’

According to the complaint, former Fox News chief Roger Ailes became ‘paranoid’ about terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks and took his suspicions out on Musfiq Rahman, a Bangladeshi payroll employee.

Ailes allegedly became ‘furious’ after Rahman accidently walked into his office while looking for colleagues, the lawsuit alleges.

That same day, Ailes allegedly ordered the construction of a ‘barrier wall’ outside his office to prevent ‘dark-skinned employees, especially males who could be mistaken for being of Middle-Eastern descent’ from entering unexpectedly, the lawsuit claims.

The suit is the latest legal problem to hit Fox News, O’Reilly and Ailes. The network and its executives have faced sexual harassment charges from female employees, including former The Five host Andrea Tantaros and former Fox and Friends star Gretchen Carlson.

Ailes left the network last year after over 20 women accused the former network chief of sexual harassment. O’Reilly, the star of Fox’s nightly lineup, was recently terminated after it emerged that he had paid millions to settle at least five previously unreported sexual harassment claims.

The complaint also includes previous charges against Slater, a former senior vice president at the network who was fired in March as the lawsuit was first filed.

The employees claim Slater, who worked at the network for nearly two decades, mocked their accents and speaking styles, forced minority staffers to arm wrestle each other, and made racially discriminatory statements.

Senami Tolode
Monica Douglas

Senami Tolode and Former Fox employee Monica Douglas, who said Judith Slater once kicked her ‘in the buttocks as she walked down the hall’ and often rubbed her hair and commented on its ‘texture'

Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright accuse white female supervisor Judith Slater at Fox News of making racist and stereotypical remarks for years

Musfiq Rahman is an accountant for Fox News and Fox Business Channel. According to the lawsuit Roger Ailes became ‘paranoid’ about terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks and took his suspicions out on Musfiq Rahman, a Bangladeshi payroll employee

Musfiq Rahman is an accountant for Fox News and Fox Business Channel. According to the lawsuit Roger Ailes became ‘paranoid’ about terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks and took his suspicions out on Musfiq Rahman, a Bangladeshi payroll employee

She allegedly claimed Chinese men have ‘small penises,’ referred to day laborers as ‘cheap Mexicans,’ and said that all black men are ‘wife-beaters,’ according to the complaint.

Slater also allegedly derided black employees for how they pronounced the words ‘mother’ and ‘ask,’ and told them to ‘practice saying the words correctly in front of White employees,’ the complaint claims.

‘Moreover, purely for her own entertainment and amusement, Slater regularly demanded that minority employees engage in arm wrestling contests, including against some of their white female supervisors, similar to the way slave masters demanded that Black slaves fight each other for their own amusement and entertainment,’ claimed the lawsuit.

Former Fox employee Monica Douglas, a black woman who joined the class action earlier this month, said Slater once kicked her ‘in the buttocks as she walked down the hall’ and often rubbed her hair and commented on its ‘texture.’

Douglas said Slater also taunted her for having a breast removed due to cancer, calling her ‘one-boobed girl’ and telling her that her breasts ‘looked crooked.’

The lawsuit claims that executives ignored complaints about Slater because the long-time vice president supposedly had ‘too much’ dirt on former Fox News chief Roger Ailes and they were concerned about firing her.

Former Fox employee Monica Douglas, who joined the class action earlier this month, claimed that after she complained about Slater’s behaviour, she was told by vice president Dianne Brandi that ‘Slater will not be fired because she knows too much’ about Ailes and former Fox News CFO Mark Kranz.

Judy Slater
Susan Lovallo

Fox News executives Judy Slater and Susan Lovallo are named in the complaint

Another plaintiff, former Fox employee Adasa Blanco, said she complained about Slater’s allegedly discriminatory behaviour over eight years ago and was ignored by the network.

Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, attorneys for the Fox News employees, argued in a statement that the allegations showed a pattern of discrimination at the network.

‘When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,’ said Wigdor and Christensen.

‘We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the Company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs,’ they added. ‘If 21st Century Fox choses to defend the indefensible--systemic race discrimination—we will utilize our collective efforts and resources to hold those responsible for these egregious discriminatory acts before a Bronx jury.’

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Bill O'Reilly Fired By Fox News Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations (Video) Woman who says O’Reilly called her ‘hot chocolate’ speaks out news 1x1.trans

On Thursday, Perquita Burgess, the woman who claimed that Bill O’Reilly called her “hot chocolate,” appeared on The View and made her first public comments after the news broke that Bill O’Reilly had been fired from Fox News.

“It’s very cathartic; very cathartic,” Burgess said of the news that the Fox News host had been let go before going on to recount the kind of harassment she had experienced from the beleaguered former host.

“One day, he walked past my desk … and says, ‘Hey, hot chocolate.’ But he didn’t look at me when he said it, and I didn’t respond. I was mortified,” Burgess said. “Because not only was it sexual, I took that as a very plantational remark. I’ve been around enough racism … Such a blatant person with such a high profile making me feel uncomfortable but then not even acknowledging me.”

The alleged harassment went on for the week and a half that she was temping there.

“He always walked past my desk, and he made a grunting noise … when he made the noise, I thought maybe he had a muscle spasm,” she recalled. “But as time went on, I noticed every time he walked past my desk, if no one was around, he would make that noise. He wasn’t speaking to me; it wasn’t like he was saying hi … It was embarrassing. So I got to a point where I just did not look at him.”

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Fox News 'is in exit negotiations' with O'Reilly following new claims from black accuser that he called her 'hot chocolate'

Bill O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

He had been scheduled to return from a vacation next Monday. O'Reilly was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis' hand on Wednesday.

It marks a stunning end to a near-perfect marriage between a pugnacious personality and network. For two decades, O'Reilly has ruled the "no spin zone" with cable news' most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.

In a memo to Fox staff on Wednesday, the Murdochs said the decision followed an extensive review done in collaboration with an outside counsel.

Fox said that Tucker Carlson's show would move to 8 p.m. to replace O'Reilly and that the panel talk show "The Five" would take Carlson's time slot at 9 p.m.

The fast-moving story took shape with an April 2 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about unpleasant encounters with O'Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing.

Even though at least one of the harassment cases against O'Reilly dated back more than a decade and was widely reported then, the accumulation of cases outlined in the Times damaged him much more extensively. It wasn't clear when those stories would end, with a group of women demonstrating in front of Fox's headquarters Tuesday and another woman, a former clerical worker at Fox, calling a harassment hotline and accusing the host of boorish behavior.

"I'm not going away," said Lisa Bloom, attorney for the latest accuser and another woman who alleges her career stalled because she spurned O'Reilly's advances. "My phone is ringing off the hook."

O'Reilly's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, charged that his client was being subjected to a "brutal campaign of character assassination" and that there is a smear campaign orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O'Reilly for political and financial reasons.

Conservative personality Glenn Beck — who once lost a job at Fox News Channel because a similar campaign choked his program of paying advertisers — came to O'Reilly's defense of Wednesday, but it was too late.

"You need to write and call Fox News Channel today and tell them, you can lose your advertisers or you can lose your viewers," Beck said on his radio show. "But you have to put some spine back into the Murdoch family and the Fox News Channel board because you are about to lose Bill O'Reilly."

O'Reilly's fans aren't likely to be happy about him losing his job, particularly on a controversy set in motion by the Times. His show's viewership increased the week after the story appeared — O'Reilly didn't address it on the air — and has sunk since he left for vacation. Potential successors like Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld have substituted for O'Reilly since he left for vacation.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed O'Reilly was in the VIP section for the pope's Wednesday appearance. Burke, a former Fox News correspondent in Rome, denied having facilitated the tickets. Such tickets can be obtained via special request to the papal household from embassies, high-ranking churchmen or Vatican officials.

Francis always swings by the VIP seats at the end of his audience for a quick round of handshakes. A photographer from the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano snapped a photo of Francis reaching out to shake his hand.

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Bill O'Reilly accuser says host called her 'hot chocolate'

  • A new woman is accusing Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment
  • The unnamed African-American woman is represented by Lisa Bloom and claims the Fox News host would grunt at her like a boar and call her 'hot chocolate' 
  • This report comes as Rupert Murdoch is reportedly considering terminating O'Reilly according to three sources 
  • Fox News declined to comment on both reports
  • Nielsen figures show that so far viewership of O'Reilly's show has dropped 26 per cent since O'Reilly went on vacation 
  • O’Reilly's lawyer said in a statement that his client has been 'subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination' and a 'smear campaign'

More allegations: A new woman is accusing Bill O'Reilly (above) of sexual harassment

Protests: The unnamed African-American woman is represented by Lisa Bloom and claims the Fox News host would grunt at her like a boar and call her 'hot chocolate' (protesters outside Fox News on Tuesday)

Meanwhile a new accuser has come forward to make sexual harassment allegations against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

Attorney Lisa Bloom told The Hollywood Reporter that the woman in question worked for another network back in 2008 but had a desk near O'Reilly's office, and claimed that he would refer to the African-American woman as 'hot chocolate' when he walked by during the day.

O’Reilly claims he has 'been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination'

Marc E Kasowitz, attorney for Bill O’Reilly said in a statement: 'Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America. 

'This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organization bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons.

'That evidence will be put forth shortly and is irrefutable.'

The woman is not asking for any money, just 'accountability' according to Bloom.  

'He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar,' alleged Bloom oh O'Reilly's treatment of this latest alleged victim.

'He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.' 

Marc E Kasowitz, attorney for Bill O’Reilly said in a statement: 'Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America. 

'This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organization bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons.

'That evidence will be put forth shortly and is irrefutable.'

Fox News declined to comment on all three reports. Bloom did not respond to a request for comment.

Bloom said that this latest woman to make allegations against O'Reilly has called in her complaint to Fox News.

'She was afraid if she told him to knock it off she’d get fired,' explained Bloom. 

'Now that’s she's aware this is all in the news, she’s decided to phone in a complaint to the Fox News hotline.'

An earlier statement from O'Reilly's lawyer said: 'It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O'Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations.'

Speaking about O'Reilly's future with the network, sources claim that James and Lachlan Murdoch want him out and and James is working to convince his father.

This is not just in response to the outcry in America either according to the report, but also to help the Murdochs as they try to acquire the pay-TV provider Sky in Europe.

There have been reports that this latest scandal could end up hurting the Murdochs in their bid to purchase Sky.

'It’s up to the family,' said a senior Fox News source. 

Viewership of the Fox News host's show O'Reilly Factor has dropped 26 percent just three days after he went on vacation.

Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld have stepped in to host his show while he is on leave.

Nielsen company figures show that so far Bolling did the best with his 3.11million viewership down 16 percent from O'Reilly's performance a week earlier.

The 2.32million who watched Gutfeld on Friday was down 39 per cent from the previous Friday.

O'Reilly's viewership spiked in the days following the report on the harassment allegations.

In the week that followed, viewership increased to an average of 3.71 million, up 12 per cent from the week before the report and 28 per cent over the same week in 2016. 

That may not be enough to keep O'Reilly however, with Bloom tweeting on Tuesday: 'Dear Murdochs, I'm not giving up until he's gone. My phone's ringing off the hook. I'm representing them all for free. Sincerely, Lisa Bloom.'

She followed that tweet up by writing: 'P.s. I may not have your billions, but I have boundless energy for women's rights. I can do this tomorrow, next month, next year. And I will.'  

Time to go: This report comes as Rupert Murdoch is reportedly considering terminating O'Reilly according to three sources (l to r: Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch in March 2016)

Time to go: This report comes as Rupert Murdoch is reportedly considering terminating O'Reilly according to three sources (l to r: Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch in March 2016)

Bloom is also representing Dr. Wendy Walsh, who has also accused O'Reilly of harassment. 

Walsh previously said that in 2013 O'Reilly asked her to dinner one night at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and then made the network contributor offer, telling her that he was friends with Roger Ailes and could make secure the lucrative position for the psychotherapist.

It was after dinner when things began to shift according to Walsh, who said that O'Reilly asked her to come up to his hotel suite.

She politely declined and decided to steer the two towards the bar, where she claims O'Reilly became hostile over drinks and said she could forget his career advice.

Then, as a coup de grace, Walsh claims that O'Reilly said her purse was ugly.

It was revealed earlier this month that five women had been paid by the network after making accusations against the popular host.

Walsh was not one of those women and had never publicly accused O'Reilly until the release of The New York Times report.

The report claimed that close to $13 million had been paid to five women who accused O'Reilly of inappropriate behavior in the workplace: Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, Andrea Mackris, Rebecca Gomez Diamond, Laurie Dhue, and Juliet Huddy. 

It was Mackris' lawsuit that made headlines when it was settled back in 2004 by the network for a formerly undisclosed sum which over the weekend was revealed to be $9million.

In her complaint, Mackris claimed she had been sexually harassed by O'Reilly and detailed their phone sex conversations in which he allegedly listed off his female conquests.

O'Reilly also allegedly detailed a sex fantasy he had about Mackris using 'that little loofah thing' in the shower, but towards the end accidentally called it a 'falafel thing'.

First case: The first known person to accuse O'Reilly of sexual harassment at Fox News was Andrea Mackris (above with her lawyer in 2004)

First case: The first known person to accuse O'Reilly of sexual harassment at Fox News was Andrea Mackris (above with her lawyer in 2004)

According to the complaint, O'Reilly called Mackris one night to inform her he was watching pornography and then began to engage in phone sex fantasy about having her come to the Caribbean with him.

'So anyway I’d be rubbing your big boobs and getting your nipples really hard, kinda' kissing your neck from behind... and then I would take the other hand with the falafel thing and I’d put it on your p***y, but you’d have to do it really light, just kind of a tease business,' said O'Reilly according to court papers filed by Mackris.

Her complaint went on to say that during his monologue O'Reilly also suggested Mackris perform oral sex on his 'big c***' and that 'it became clear that he was using a vibrator upon, himself and had ejaculated.'

When the two reached a settlement a statement was released from both parties that said 'no wrongdoing whatsoever' occurred while Mackris worked with O'Reilly.

She was also not allowed to speak about the suit in public before or after the settlement, while O'Reilly was able to say that Mackris' complaint was 'the single most evil thing I have ever experienced' to his millions of viewers.

Mackris was also written about negatively in a number of articles at the time.

It was seven years until the next woman received a settlement, with Diamond being handed an unknown amount from O'Reilly himself according to multiple sources after confronting him with a recording of comments he had made to and about her while she worked as a host on the Fox Business Network show 'Happy Hour.'

The payout was so secretive that 21st Century Fox was not even aware of the what had transpired between the two parties until last year, when it was revealed during an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims being brought against Ailes.

Laurie Dhue, who worked as a reporter on the television show Geraldo at Large and was the host of Fox Report Weekend for eight years between 2000 and 2008 also received a payout after accusing Ailes and O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

She received $1million over the summer from the network, shortly after she announced her plan to write a tell-all book.

Laurie Dhue in 2012
Huddy's lawyers said O'Reilly pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011, and tried to limit her career prospects when she rejected him. She settled for $1.6million

The network quietly paid Dhue (left) more than $1million in 2016 after the anchor claimed she was sexually harassed by both O'Reilly and Ailes while Huddy (right) got $1.6million

Fox News also settled with Huddy for $1.6million back in September after she claimed that O'Reilly had tried to pursue a sexual relationship with her while she appeared on the network as a guest on his show.

Huddy stated that O'Reilly would repeatedly call her at home in Long Island and once tried to kiss her, which caused her to fall over as she pulled away from the host.

Soon after she stopped being asked to appear on O'Reilly's program.

Both Dhue and Huddy's stories had been reported before, but it was not known Dhue had complained about O'Reilly's behavior in addition to Ailes.

The fifth settlement came back in 2002 after O'Reilly reportedly screamed at junior producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, who left soon after with a settlement.

That incident did not involve sexual harassment.

O'Reilly fired back soon after the release of the report, releasing a personal statement on his website in which he said that he had to consider his children when settling these claims.

'Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline,' O'Reilly began his statement.

'But most importantly, I'm a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.'

He added: 'Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.'

O'Reilly has a daughter Madeline, 18, and son Spencer, 13, with his ex-wife Maureen.

The couple divorced in 2011, and it was in the years after that divorce that three of the five women who received settlements claimed they were sexually harassed by O'Reilly.

He currently makes $18million annually as the host of his Fox News show, which he launched back in 1996 at the birth of the network.

Rebecca Diamond (right) a host on the Fox Business Network, revealed her recorded conversations with O'Reilly after the network told her they would not be renewing her contract

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Comment by Maria on October 23, 2017 at 7:54am
Horrible s***
Comment by Mr. Johnson on October 22, 2017 at 1:11am
F****** pervert. They all the same. Him Weinstien rich crakkkas. No difference.
Comment by Theresa on June 24, 2017 at 4:44am

"We go high;they go low" Michelle Obama couldn't have said it better.

Comment by Karen dickey on May 12, 2017 at 7:43pm
Woman beater they never fight will fight a man I wonder why scared
Comment by Jerome S on May 11, 2017 at 4:11pm
So l'm supposed to believe this damn near hundred yr old man dragged somebody somewhere? Oh I am aware that he is racist, but people his age cant work an earphone or hold a phone convo with arthritis /joints !! I don't know about those parts.
Comment by Mr. Johnson on May 11, 2017 at 2:25am
Lmao
Comment by Vinny Pat on April 28, 2017 at 1:04am

@Vaughn, I'm not so sure.  I say that because nepotism, cronyism, favoritism are all things that put blacks at a disadvantage. I've experienced and seen it first hand.  These companies will protect their brand but also, they do a good job with the covert racism and promote docile negros.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on April 27, 2017 at 2:37pm
Doing
Comment by vaughn mitchell on April 27, 2017 at 2:37pm
@vinny Pat, if this occurred at the other networks, believe me you would hear of it, because people love to sue. Abc, is own by Disney, they are no playing that crap, they will fire you in a heart beat. People forget Rupert Murdock, the owner of Fox, was kicked out of England, for don't ng grimey things, he bought Fox and was thinking he can do what he want to people, he should understand Americans love to sue.
Comment by Vinny Pat on April 26, 2017 at 9:19am
Why target just fox, what about abc and all the other stations. This shyt ain't new.

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