Attorney Lisa Bloom on O’Reilly Exit: ‘We Can Slay Dragons’

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Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents Wendy Walsh and other accusers of Bill O’Reilly, declared victory on the news that the Fox News host will not return to the network.

“This is what happens when women speak our truth: we can slay dragons,” she said in a statement to Variety. “I am very proud to have stood with my brave clients who stood up for themselves and all the silenced women. Fox News should have fired him in 2004 when Andrea Mackris spoke out, but at least they did it now. They did it because we persisted.”

Bloom also represents an unidentified African American woman who called into a company hotline on Tuesday to claim that O’Reilly engaged in sexual and racial harassment, and a third client, Caroline Heldman, a professor at Occidental College, called in to the hotline to make claims against O’Reilly on Wednesday. Bloom also said that New York state authorities should investigate Fox News no matter what happened with O’Reilly. She had requested that they launch an inquiry into sexual and racial harassment at the network.

Walsh, who was once a contributor on “The O’Reilly Factor,” told CNN that she was “thrilled that a corporation has made this seismic shift to put women’s rights ahead of their bottom line.”

Earlier this month, she appeared with Bloom at a press conference to outline her accusations. Walsh accused O’Reilly of making sexual advances to her when they met for a dinner in Los Angeles in 2013. After she rejected him, she said that his attitude toward her changed and she was later dropped as a contributor.

O’Reilly has denied the merits of the allegations, and his attorney has said that he has “been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.” His attorney, Marc Kasowitz, also said that the “smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons.”

Meanwhile, one of the groups that protested O’Reilly suggested that their campaign is not over. Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, called for 21st Century Fox to make the results of its investigation of the accusations against O’Reilly public.

“Unless Fox News makes the results of the investigation public, and fires all those found guilty of, or complicit in, covering up sexual harassment, advertisers and the general public will continue to have cause for concern,” she said. “With reports that dozens of additional women at the network have not yet come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, the next scandal for the network may just be months away.”

Another group that worked on the campaign to pressure advertisers, Media Matters, called on Fox News to also fire Bill Shine, co-president of the network.

Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, cited allegations that Fox News executives retaliated against women who made claims of harassment by Roger Ailes, the Fox News chief who resigned last year. Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky made claims of retaliation in a lawsuit she filed earlier this month against the network, Ailes and Shine.

“If Fox News wants to signal that they’re serious about addressing sexual harassment, they’ll fire Bill Shine too. If not, then staff, advertisers and shareholders should beware,” Carusone said.

In a letter to employees on Wednesday, the Murdochs said they sought to “underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.” O’Reilly’s departure took place just weeks after an outside law firm for the company looked into the claims. The law firm also examined allegations against Ailes last summer, and he resigned from the network within weeks.

Roginsky’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, said that the departure of O’Reilly was “an important next step to clean up Fox News and make it a respectful and professional work environment.” She called on Fox News parent 21st Century Fox to “resolve without delay” the claims of Roginsky and other women “who have been harassed, intimidated, demeaned and discriminated against.” She also called on the company to release employees from mandatory arbitration and confidentiality clauses in their contracts.

Smith also represented Gretchen Carlson, who last year settled a claim against Ailes. Her lawsuit led to his ouster.

On Wednesday, after a number of Twitter followers thanked her for coming forward last year, setting off a chain of events that led to the ouster of Ailes and O’Reilly, she thanked them back.

“The only way to end harassment is to shine a light on it. Ask Congress to pass the Fairness in Arbitration Act. No more silencing women!” she tweeted.

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  1. k in ma says:

    ‘he said, she said’; I was not there. However, I do not agree with one sided stories. The inconvenient truth that these women leave out is the fact that the Murdoch sons and their wives are leftist elites that are biased to the bone.
    They are hooked up to the clintons nose to tail. James wife is on a clinton board so she is literally clinton staff.
    Anyone that reads the clinton history from multiple sources knows that they are assassins even to their own party members that stray.
    If Murdoch wives support a woman that is a known pedophile, liar, robber of the poor women and children world wide, incompetent and responsible for the deaths of Americans and millions in other countries, all in the name of a damn buck, then they are the same immoral rats as their buddy.
    Dem woman (anti-clinton forever)

  2. Susan says:

    How about this idea…..do not have any women work at fox and do not allow any women to appear on a fox show.
    There are plenty of other networks.
    And oh, not many women on news shows. Fox seems to be the only network with an excess of women on news shows, allowing them a greater opportunity for a tv career.
    Bloom is just creating a negative work place for all women, because a few were unskilled workers.

    • Fred says:

      From the video of the view show with the accuser being interviewed,
      how does she in any way represent a business dress code. Her hair is 2 ft high it could be filled with mites and bugs. Totally disgusting hair non grooming for an office. It’s insulting to all the other workers to show up for work not in a business dress code manner, especially a famous icon like bill oreilly, he has to look at THAT????
      And didn’t she mention she had cleavage showing????? In an office….
      He was trying to tell her she’s dressed like a tramp …….it’s manspeak.

  3. Frank says:

    Then use an alternate name, a company name , that is not used for self enrichment and self promotion for blooms legal business and publicity.
    The same for walsh, her radio show makes her sound like an idiot talking to 2 yr olds.

    • Tom says:

      New information has been revealed that walsh appeared at least 15 times on oreillys show AFTER the time she claims he made a personal remark to her after she had agreed and attended a personal meeting with him, an evening dinner at a resort hotel he was staying at while visiting from out of town.

  4. Joe says:

    The truth is O`Reilly is getting 30 million from Fox to leave…I would take that for getting fired!

  5. Dona Oakes says:

    i love bill oriely you guys are crazy will not watch fox anymore

  6. Very true “women = feminists, can slay dragons”. This is why our marital – family life is doomed plus, why MGTOW is accelerating like a rocket. And don’t come to US when immigrants take ALL your political power and Careers away over the ensuing decades Caucasian females. U R on your own.

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