Bill O’Reilly Accuser Comes Forward on ‘The View’ to Claim Sexual, Racial Harassment

Perquita Burgess came forward on “The View” on Thursday to outline claims of sexual and racial harassment against Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News star who departed the network amid multiple allegations.

Burgess, represented by Lisa Bloom, called into a 21st Century Fox hotline earlier this week, but had remained anonymous until her “View” appearance. O’Reilly’s attorney had called the claims “outrageous.”

She was an office worker for a colleague of O’Reilly’s back in 2008 when she started noticing that O’Reilly would make a grunting noise as he passed her desk.

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“It was embarrassing, so I just got to a point where I was not looking at him,” she said.

She said that three or four weeks later, they rode the elevator alone. As she got out, and he was behind her, Burgess said that O’Reilly said, “‘Looking good there girl.'”

“And the hair froze on the back of my neck because I knew the grunting and groaning is going on,” she said.

Burgess said that a few weeks later, he would continue to be near her desk and would “leer at me and looking at me up and down.”

“It made me feel uncomfortable. It was like street harassment in the office,” she continued.

In another incident, she said, O’Reilly walked past her desk and said, “‘Hey hot chocolate,’ but he doesn’t look at me when he said it. I didn’t respond. I was mortified, because not only was it sexual, I took that as a very plantation remark.”

O’Reilly’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement after she made her complaint on Tuesday, and said that “it is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened almost a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially where there is obviously an orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity-driven donations.”

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  1. Now who in h*** is she? Yes, with Fox news coming down because of ‘sexual’ harassment? Well, the democrats will use anything to get their enemies out of the way. Just have a few women sniff some money and they’ll make up a fantastic story………..like this one,,,,,,,,,,,,oh, the ‘taste’ of money, or is it the ‘smell’ of money……….doesn’t matter………..more snowflakes joining satan’s team………of losers….

  2. AnnMarie says:

    Did you ever think that he might have been giving you a compliment like, Hey, you’re hot and smooth like chocolate instead of acting all crazy about it. Did you ever think of going to your supervisor or boss to let them know what was going on and how you felt at the time instead of waiting for years. Oh terrible, he told you you were looking good as a compliment again. You must not like being told you look good. You really aren’t serious are you? Touchy, touchy. I think Fox should have stood up for Mr. O’Reilly also and they should have never taken his job from him to begin with. Of course, if you boss won’t stand up for you, why would you want to be there in the first place. #trumpforpresident

  3. Karen says:

    I am offended that Fox would not stand up for Mr. O’Reilly, especially knowing the story came from a show as inane as The View. Didn’t something like this happen to our president right before the election?! Then they found it was collusion by the Democrats! This sounds like COLLUSION. And yes, I am a woman AND a democrat who voted for Trump. Give O’Reilly his job back!

  4. Peg says:

    I saw nothing in her story that. Is sexual harrassment. The grunting she describes is crude if he actually directed it at her, but his comment in the elevator sounded like a compliment, to me. If she was uncomfortable because she “thought” he was looking at her cleavage…she was NOT dressed appropriately for her job. Sounds like what she could wear to a night club or party. But flashing your cleavage at work, is inappropriate. He never said anything like, ” nice rack”, she only THOUGHT he was looking at her cleavage. So, she wants to help destroy a man’s career over this? Even the chocolate comment did not suggest a sexual thoughts. Sounds like sour grapes to me. She must’ve felt uncomfortable for dressing like she did, so thinks people are looking. Lastly: any black woman I ever knew would say something right away, and LOUDLY, for everyone to hear, because they are self conscious …feeling everyone is a racist.

  5. Thelma says:

    There’s nothing but MEN here posting under female names! WTF? Seriously.

    One guy forgot to remove his MALE message ID and wrote ” Ive been a woman all my life…..and I support Bill…” Come on, dudes.

  6. Jay D says:

    Women women women…. nowadays anything can be used as a sexual harassment complaint. Back in the day when most women were housewives there were not claims. They compete at work on who is the better dressed or better looks but men cannot comment. I agree with that attractive woman that can stop the guy who hits on her because she is not interested, or just because she is drawing the line without needing to have HR involved. Any guy will back off if a fair warning of being unwelcome is given. I am a man that can complement my coworker (men or women) without having any sexual desire for that person. I think that corporate culture and opportunist gold diggers will make us into robots that won’t even say hello to a coworker just to avoid a harassment complaint.

  7. Chas Ugc says:

    She is not the only one. 13 million dollars? And he did nothing wrong? That’s a lot of money to pay out when he did nothing wrong. I’ve seen some really cute women in my workplace and had one tell me that she couldn’t wait forever for me, when she got married. I am just very careful. Women flirt big time, and if you say the wrong thing, you could be slapped with a sexual harassment charge. Women also dress very sexy in the workplace too, and if you say the wrong thing..sexual harassment. There is a woman in my current workplace that was flirting big time, and then I found out that she has a boyfriend. I just stopped all unnecessary communication with her and she is mad, but I am not going to be slapped with a sexual harassment charge. When a woman is telling everyone how much you have in common and hugging you a lot, and telling you all these places she wants to go, and how immature all the other guys are, and how mature and wonderful you are, and then you find out she has a boyfriend, something is wrong. It is very dangerous in the workplace with women. I love them, but I’m not going to lose my job and career messing around with them. Be careful guys, don’t end up like Bill O’Reilly.

    • Patricia says:

      There are a lot of barracudas out there. They do some heavy flirting with a man and then, when they have enough evidence, make accusations of sexual harassment. In my opinion, the comments Bill made to this woman is not something bad enough to cause the man to lose his job. I hope he comes up with another show.

  8. Deborah says:

    Bill will be missed greatly. I really think she wants her 2 minutes of fame. Sad that this piece of trash story helped ruin a great man’s career. I hope she gets what she deserves.The view is nothing more than racist women trying to destroy anyone that will not support their liberal views. They will take any piece of trash story and try to make some really weak minded women believe it. Those watching these horrible women need to get a life. There are many of other shows out there that do not spew hate. Good luck Bill and may God bless you and your family. Deborah

  9. kimberly says:

    She said “it was workplace violence.” Seriously! I bet if we can dig deeper into this.. we will see that the democratic party played a part in this… as the lawyer states “to bring him down!” I bet you anything this woman dressed like a skank (cleavage showing, skirts up to her ass) while at work especially since she is dressed up to the chin in her hijab on The View. All show!

  10. Susan says:

    This gets a go away reaction.
    When that happens you pickup your phone and pretend you are talking to a friend and then say all the hateful things very loudly into the phone while the offender is within hearing distance as if you were talking to the creep directly only use the adjective ‘ they’ as in they are so creepy they look like fat cows.

    • Toni says:

      Or, now, just hold up your phone and record video, watch them run the other way.
      Hes a bully, that’s why his show was good. A bully is full time work.
      Sorry for this woman she’s very nice on the view.

      • She never said a word to him? Now she wants millions? WTF? My mother and sister and wife and daughter have heard and seen this crap before. This ‘lady” is out for money and she missed the settlement. The view is a group of old bitches that belong in a cornfield somewhere in Kansas!

  11. She wanted to get on the view and become famous for her idiocy!

  12. Where does she work now? What took her so long to make this claim? Is she just money hungry?

  13. Linda says:

    What a weak woman! WHERE ARE ALL THE WITNESSES TO THIS! I guess I could claim something too, Pathetic! but walking if front of someone, did someone else hear it or is this hear say! and in the elevator, your word against his! Being on the view says it all, out for attention!

  14. NILDA NEGRON says:

    After watching this clip, I really feel bad for Bill O’Reilly. I stand by him 100%. I smell corruption all over this. Ms. Burgess states at “The View” (I’m coughing/grunting as I type) that she felt mortified and abused. In 2010, She posted on social media that Bill O’Reily is a piece of s@it. Sounds of someone with anger issues, not abuse. Thank God he did not touch her, it would have been the nail in the coffin for Bill. If this was the worst thing she ever experienced, she needs to go visit a women’s shelter and speak to the millions who can show her what abuse is really like. I give this story a 4 pacifier rating.

    • Thelma says:

      Are you serious? I know you’re a GUY, buy still……go to a woman’s shelter? Is that the bar.
      Being melodramatic about describing harassment does not make the harassment (alleged) ok …….compared to murder, or having your drunk hubby beat you with his tool box.
      Let me add that O’REILLY being set up (allegedly) and fired with $25 million buy out is not as bad as being on death row for a rape and murder you didn’t commit. SO EVERYONE IS A CRY BABY!

  15. Chris says:

    Perquita Burgess appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell and I found her to be disingenuous. Her friends & familiy stated her experience at Fox, all of 6 mos., changed her personality. PLEASE stop this BS!

  16. honesttalk says:

    Just heard on Mark Levin. Lisa Bloom is GLORIA ALLRED’S daughter. Now DO YOU understand?

  17. donald key says:

    tHIS IS RIDICULOUS. I am a woman and dont buy this for a minute.Where was his trial where is innocent until proven guilty.Calculated by the left. Give Bill and all the women lie detector tests and a fair trial. Murdock should be fired….

  18. Mitchem says:

    That is the lamest claim of “sexual harassment” I’ve ever heard. I’m no O’Reilly fan, but this woman is pathetic.

  19. Natasa McDowell says:

    OMG. This woman is really the worst specimen of a woman. And now she fills better after she ruined a man’s career? Grunting? Hot chocolate? This is micro aggression gone mad.

  20. debbie says:

    i think FOX made a huge mistake getting rid of O’Reilly. I know i will miss him. idon’t have any sympathy for her….why did she wait so long and why of all places did she find it necessary to go on the View? wish he would fight back!

  21. Ken says:

    appearing on the :View: says it all, that show is nothing but liberal wacko nutcases all of them ,if it was not for that show no one would ever hire them if people are dumb enough to listen to the dribble that foams out of their mouths then you need to get a life, get out and really help people , you will learn nothing from that dimwitted show

  22. Leah sendelbach says:

    What a weak women, been a women all my life and never have I let a man intimidate me. I am an attractive women and have been hit on plenty but dame if it ever modified me. women to day hit on men just as hard as men hit on women: the only difference is that women like to take advantage of men’s flirtations for profit.They are offended if men don’t flirt and see dollar signs when they do. There are also democratic women that believe the fastest and easiest way to take out a conservative or any wealthy famous person is through sexual allegations. It pays very well.

  23. Robin Barbera says:

    Are you serious? You’re obese !

    • Judy Parsons says:

      You’re exactly right!! She should be honored he even acknowledged her presence is he in fact did. She’s just wanting her 15 minutes of fame.

  24. Patricia Joppien says:

    polygraph – please!

  25. Dave J says:

    And if that be Trump he’d sue his accusers

  26. Hudson says:

    OReilly told some chick she looked good. This is literally Hitler.

  27. ken says:

    Oh please. Grunts,compliments,Hot Chocolate,and Lisa Bloom – there goes ALL credibility. PLANTATIONAL remark – is that even a word? How were you sexually harrassed? You are ignorant and you are a gold digger.

    • Thelma says:

      “Plantational” is not a word. But, your grammar and punctuation sucks! So you are an ignorant man using grammar to call someone else ignorant?

    • Dave J says:

      They are not even asking for a penny, but yet they are still called gold diggers. It takes all kinds.

      • angelgstag says:

        That’s what Wendy Walsh originally with Lisa Bloom said. Yesterday, Lisa Bloom with Poquita said the same yesterday on CNN but when Sunny from The View said they should be suing for money, Lisa said: “yes they should”. That’s what they said first so they would be believed, but I’m sure this was all planned to then sue.

      • myviasoapopera says:

        A bit short sighted, are you there Dave? “Gold” comes in all sorts of forms.

  28. CJB says:

    Poor Billy!
    Hahahahahahahahaha………………..

  29. Choo says:

    Ridiculous.

  30. Steve says:

    Okay…first off, Perquita, I highly doubt any guy, let alone O’Reilly is saying “looking good girl” to you. It’s very convenient that these allegations surface now. Two things of note: 1) The spawn of Satan (Gloria Allred’s daughter) is representing you. 2) Your body language (eye recall) is indicative of the fact that you are lying. O’Reilly is probably a jerk, but you are making this up

    • Chris says:

      Thank you, my thoughts exactly. Are we now going to be accused of racism? She is a classic example of a shake down gone bad🤥

      • angelgstag says:

        Yes…”hot chocolate”…REALLY? Gloria Alred probably thought that one up. And then she said she felt “plantational”, what the hell is that?? He never even made conversation with her. Someone, please put a stop this.

    • Dave J says:

      And you would know because you were there…tool.

  31. CommaSe says:

    Oh boy. Here comes the “get ’em!” circus side show.

  32. Donna says:

    If this was a problem that long ago and you were a temporary employee then why did you NOT report to the agency you were employed by and, quit the temp job! I don’t feel that you have a valid claim at all, and do not consider what he did harassment. If you want to know about harassment, I could tell you exactly what it is and how it feels! O’Reilly should still have his job and you need to get it together, grow up and move on. THIS IS NOT HARASSMENT! You do not wait this long to file harassment charges on another person. I really feel (just saying) you just want to bash and destroy a great man! Move on. I can’t believe anyone would even stand behind you. Pulling the racist card, hmmmmm?!?!?

    • Dave J says:

      And who was managing Fox at the time…tool. Or didn’t you know Roger Ailes was also sexually harassing women as well.

    • Je Vizzusi says:

      He lost his job because he was fired by the Murdoch’s that won’t tolerate anymore Federal crimes being violated within the workplace they own! Conservatives are blaming everyone except the CEO whom made the decision. Proof finds its way to the top of Corporate structures that find a financial liability in any Employee. @JEV1A

  33. Je Vizzusi says:

    I think that FOX News needs to clean house. There are now multiple reoccurring roles of Execs and on air Talent committing multiple counts of sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Murdoch’s are doing only what their financial advisors are telling them. Bring in fresh new faces, a new look and most important a younger audience base.

    The appeal of the old sexist conservative is dead. Cablers are rethinking buying up FOX Afils and Corporate sponsors are leaving.

    Its a mindset at FOX News to put women in their so called place. Its insane and needs a major revamp immediately! @JEV1A

  34. Willie Bruno says:

    Bill Cosby all over again

  35. Alan Shaw says:

    Why is it all of a sudden these women come out after years of silence? Obviously this is an orchestrated effort to trash O’Reilly with an ultimate goal of discrediting Fox News which is the only news service that is pro Trump, who actually reports the positive strides he has taken so far in office. Although in this case it is “he said, she said” (are there witnesses?) whether true or not, we the American people are losing a great news program that reported actual unbiased facts, unlike other news services who report stories based on speculation and distorted opinions.

    • Dave J says:

      And what do you know about bias facts, Trump is a blowhard and you are another one of his tools. What did Trump said again something about grabbing women’s p—y” I guess you don’t have any standards at all.

      • Patricia Joppien says:

        you seem to be very interested in her Dave J – better be careful she might report you next for defending her……

    • Je Vizzusi says:

      Don’t worry, his replacement is Pro Trump and much easier on the eyes!

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