Fox News Reportedly Settled Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bill O’Reilly

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Fox News settled claims of sexual harassment by a longtime employee against Bill O’Reilly, shortly after the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, was removed from his post as he faced similar allegations, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

According to the Times, the employee, Juliet Huddy, claimed that O’Reilly sought sexual relations with her, and set out to hurt her career when she refused his advances. The Times obtained a draft of a letter that was sent from her lawyers to Fox News.

A spokeswoman for Fox News said in a statement, “Juliet Huddy’s letter of intent to sue contained substantial falsehoods which were vehemently denied by Bill O’Reilly.”

The Times reported that O’Reilly’s attorney also called the allegations false.

The Times reported that the letter “includes allegations that Mr. O’Reilly had called Ms. Huddy repeatedly and that it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating. He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts.”

The settlement was in the high six figures and was made between Huddy and 21st Century Fox.

Ailes left Fox after 21st Century Fox launched an internal review over allegations that he sexually harassed employees. Gretchen Carlson, a former on-air personality, filed suit last summer, claiming Ailes harassed her, and her lawsuit was later settled.

News of the settlement was first reported by LawNewz.

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  1. Smith Cassidy says:

    Should earn O’Reilly some sort of appointment in Trump’s “government”. They can sit around and talk about grabbing pussy all day.

  2. Bill says:

    Those Fox dudes are just gross. yuck. YUCK…vomit!! That’s why they are so angry at the world, their only hopes to get laid is to coerce women against their will. Disgusting.

  3. greg marotta says:

    What role did 5’6″ Fox tough guy Bo Dietl play in this negotiation, if any?

  4. Rudy Mario says:

    Ha ha ha.

    Drip, drip drip.
    Who is next at Faux…I mean Fox

  5. Belle says:

    Why does O `Reilly still have a job?.Not the first time he`s done this.

    • dee says:

      Ratings, Belle. However, if a male TV personality from CNN or any other network did what O’Reilly was accused of both times, this would be a huge story, with Fox viewers saying the man should be fired.

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