New Bill O’Reilly Accusations Heighten Pressure as Murdochs Weigh Fox News Star’s Fate

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New harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly have heightened the pressure on the Murdoch clan as they weigh a decision about the fate of Fox News’ star anchor.

O’Reilly went on vacation on April 12 as the sexual harassment scandal snowballed, although he maintained it was a long-scheduled plan to take a vacation with his family. He’s been scheduled to return to “The O’Reilly Factor” on April 24, but an online report published Tuesday by New York magazine said the Murdochs — James Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO and chairman, respectively, and patriarch Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox News — are leaning toward not allowing O’Reilly return to his show. That would be a stunning decision for a personality who has been part of Fox News Channel almost from day one in 1996 and has remained the single-biggest driver of its success.

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Attorney Lisa Bloom said Tuesday that she is representing a new woman making a complaint of sexual and racial harassment against O’Reilly, claiming that he made offensive gestures toward her and called her “hot chocolate.” O’Reilly’s lawyer called the claim “outrageous” and blasted the fact that it was made by an anonymous woman.

“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,” said attorney Marc Kasowitz.

A source close to O’Reilly said Tuesday afternoon that the host has not been fired, nor has Fox News initiated any negotiations on an exit agreement. A Fox News spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Fox News is already conducting an investigation into allegations made by former “O’Reilly Factor” contributed Wendy Walsh, who is also repped by Bloom. O’Reilly has been at the center of a sexual harassment scandal since April 1, when the New York Times published an expose documenting $13 million in settlements paid by O’Reilly or Fox News to five women since 2004.

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Bloom said that the woman called in to report a complaint on the Fox News hotline (the anonymous hotline is for all of 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, according to a spokeswoman). The woman’s identity was not disclosed.

“She is an African-American woman who was a clerical worker in 2008 at Fox News,” Bloom said in an interview with HLN. “She did not work directly for Bill O’Reilly, but she worked near him and she alleges that he engaged in a campaign for months of sexual harassment against her. He wouldn’t speak to her, other than to say things like, ‘Mmm Hmm,’ make grunting noises like an animal, she alleges, leering at her, looking at her cleavage and her legs, and he would call her ‘hot chocolate,’ which she found to be very offensive.”

Bloom said that the woman found the situation “upsetting and distressing.” She said that they have spoken to a family member, a boyfriend, and a roommate who back up her claims.

“She wanted to keep her job, she didn’t complain at the time, but now she knows that Fox News is considering whether or not to keep him, and although she is very scared and wishes to remain anonymous, she felt that she had to add her story and speak out, and so we called that into the hotline today,” Bloom said. She said that her client is not asking for money, but wants “accountability.”

Bloom spurred the internal Fox News investigation by calling the company’s HR hotline with Walsh’s complaint earlier this month. That triggered an investigation by 21st Century Fox’s outside law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

In an interview, Bloom said that one or more accusers are “very likely” to come forward “soon,” although she declined to get into specifics. Responding to the statement from O’Reilly’s attorney, she said, “I am representing all of my O’Reilly accusers for free, and I am sure that Mr. Kasowitz is being compensated handsomely for his representation of accused serial harasser Bill O’Reilly.”

Bloom also has called for an independent investigation of harassment and retaliation at Fox News by state authorities in New York. She has called on O’Reilly to be fired, but says that even if that were to happen, she it would still like to see a state investigation to proceed.

Dozens of advertisers have pulled their advertising from O’Reilly’s show in the wake of the Times report, and protesters demonstrated outside Fox News headquarters on Tuesday to demand that he be fired. The protest was sponsored by the advocacy group UltraViolet.

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  1. cynthia macchione says:

    Bill O’Reilly gets fired for sexual harassment comments and President Bill Clinton was idolized after leaving office after what he did to women! The hypocrisy of our society and media is a disgrace!!!

  2. Kathy says:

    Fox needs to start fighting back instead of caving in to the loony left. Sean Hannity has also been accused by a pathetic liar on the left. He is fighting back, and she has slithered back to her slimy little hole in the ground. Mr. O’Reilly, your fans do NOT believe any of these false accusations. We support you 100%.

  3. j matarrese says:

    Its a sad day when true news is shut down do to in my opinion false statements its sad when you make it big and all these woman see $$$ with there lawyers how do you fight something untrue and you can’t prove that’s for any man or woman accused of sex crime I guess paying them off was the wrong thing to do its leave you open to many other claims that may not be true ??

  4. tub1967 says:

    Chris Brown should be banned from tv and radio..in his case the abuse is factual but still you see and hear his garbage music and his 50 person crew that all support his actions..he needs his ass kicked..

  5. tub1967 says:

    I guess almost every rap song on the radio is a law suit being every other word is harassment towards woman..so pull the adds from those stations as well??loosers…

  6. Beth says:

    Cece, I couldn’t agree with you more. I don’t believe these women at all and I am a woman. These are the lamest, meritless claims and I can’t believe that millions of dollars were paid out for this garbage from these women. Where is the proof? Where? How and why did Fox oust him over baseless claims? I will miss you bill oreilly; this was not fair what happened to you.

  7. Cece says:

    I am a woman and I don’t believe these women at all. Fox news is not fake. Bill O’Reilly is very truthful and honest. He said he paid these women off because he did not want to put his children through the court battles, but no one is mentioning this. Anyone can call and say they have been harassed. The liberals are trying to get rid of O’Reilly and bring down fox news because they tell the truth. I have been watching all the other stations and they don’t show everything and tell the real truth. It is scary and disgusting! All you women for Hillary should be ashamed of yourselves especially if you have children! I have watched this woman lie over and over about so many things. Those poor Bengazi families and the women she went after to shut them up the ones her husband had sex with and lied to the whole country. Why is she still with him all of you liberal feminists. It is because of money and power!

  8. Sal says:

    I agree…their just jealous of his work! Is all about money. That’s a lot of greed! Money and lies will always end wrong…even if it takes years to show.

  9. shawna barone says:

    I am a woman and not at all offended by Bill’s ‘sexual harassment’. It’s about time women got a life and stopped whining every second. From what I heard so far, Bill has said stupid jerky and perhaps, tactless, male comments. If women don’t like the environment then don’t work near him – but for him to be removed from Fox – is insane. I have nothing else on Fox that I am interested in watching. I can’t believe they caved to the stupid feministic, liberal agenda.

  10. Anne Ingrisone says:

    This is a very sad day for me and all the viewers who loved, Bill O’Reilly who gave real news, not fake news like CNN. The left who are liberals are dangerous people. Look what they did to Bill. I hate cable fox news. I hope Bill will get his own cable show then you will see all the ratings for fox news go way down. I am heart broken. Gloria Alllred go get a good job you are a horrible lawyer,you are a trouble maker I can’t stand you. Get off my TV I want to vomit when I see you.

  11. Barbara Johnson says:

    This has been a Witch Hunt because Bill O’Reilly and Megan Kelly didn’t get along after Megan went after President Trump in the Debate.
    Megan Kelly became friends with the Murdock’s even going to one of the Son’s House for Dinner often.
    Fox News will see their News coverage and Programs losing listeners, my family joining the Ranks.
    Let’s get the full story on the News from Bill O’Reilly in a interview by Chris Wallace.
    There is always 3 sides to a story. Your side, the other side, and then the TRUTH!
    We no longer will watch Fox News none stop like we had.
    Is Fox going after Hannity next????? He has a large following !
    The Murdock Family doesn’t want the real truth. Enjoy your Money and Power – Murdocks ! We can only hope that one day Garma will play into all of this !

  12. If these women at FOX are upset because men look at their CLEAVAGE … maybe they should STOP wearing clothing that exposes their CLEAVAGE all the time. The clothes most of them wear are far from being ‘professional”…. unless you are a hooker or Hollywood type !

    • KBTexas says:

      Perhaps it was not noticed that all females at Fox wear tight fitting clothing and dresses/skirts just a little too short – “professional” in the Fox world. Maybe it’s time Fox updated the dress code in their employee manual to disallow the clothing you described. By the way, men have the choice to look or not to look at cleavage. If these men were more “professional,” perhaps they would gaze above the shoulders.

  13. Terri Spencer says:

    If this is a slam campaign thst it politically motivated then this is a SAD day in America. Keeping my eye on this!!

  14. Sir Winston says:

    Bill is sick. Had to go. So does Orange Julius Caesar.

  15. Mary says:

    Bill was railroaded. Very sad these women have let themselves be used.

  16. Cynthia Kimble says:

    #garytaylor…exactly…EVERY man. Hitting on #wendywalsh isn’t sexual harassment. Prove to me that you didn’t get the job b/c you denied him (assuming that’s true). You have none or you would be talking about it. Calling a women “hot chocolate” IS a compliment. Wake up. Men don’t talk like women and don’t make them. Remember “where’s the beef” line? Well, WHERE’S PROOF? SPINELESS FOX NEWS…I’m ashamed of you and the Murdock family. Who made you the judge and jury? I hope he sues Fox News for wrongful termination….reverse discrimination.

  17. Bill O’reilly made suggestive comments to women and stared at their cleavage and legs. What man does that? Hmm, let me think.

  18. This is a smear on O’Reilly because he is the only reporter that is accurate and reports the TRUTH. The left wants him off the air so there job to “pull the wool over everyone’s eyes” will be easier. Hey, today if a man compliments a woman, they call it sexual harassment yet these same women dress provocative, get breast enlargements and do all sorts of things to get attention.

    • Rob says:

      I agree. Please remember Bill had Trump on his show several times during the campaign, appearing to many as a supporter of Trump. That alone makes him a target of the ultra liberal Left Wingers that will go after anyone of influence that is conservative.

    • Susan says:

      I agree. Most companies have a dress code, unless of course it’s fox.
      And of course all the movies, promote this idea of woman dressed as a plaything for men,
      and,all that crap on the internet exploiting women.

  19. KBTexas says:

    Looking forward to April 24 when Murdoch and sons may finally do the right thing and send Billo off into the sunset.

  20. Ken says:

    It really doesn’t looks creditable the claims against bill, had no hard evidence in support it’s just he said she said.
    Who knows what happened in the hotel, or what they said between them. What I do see is a woman who is struggling in her career looking for a publicity out.

    The fact that fox and bill settled however does not look good, even though it is clearly the financialy smart thing to do. A court case would invariably hurt the network and the man regardless of merits. But they have already crossed that bridge and the need to fight or surrender.

    All that said if fox diches bill O’Reilly over that they will lose the respect of most of their viewers, in addition to crippling the already damage network.

  21. Susan says:

    Omg fox is a fox. So what.
    You’re going to have to start with getting rid of that crap on the Internet exploiting women.

  22. CattyGrabber says:

    Fox is a Freak Show. Filled with rich trolls who can’t get a date. LOL

  23. CattyGrabber says:

    Bill is HOT! . . . NOT!!

  24. Rudy Mario says:

    Drip, drip drip…go go gone.

    No problem.

    Mr Ailes, Mr Bannon and Mr. O Reily with future arrival Mr. Miller (the Shalom Nazi) will team up to form the mega ultimate super extreme right wing neo nazi “news” outlet which will beat ever other oulet in ratings.

    Cry lefties, cry.

  25. mark says:

    If fox lets Bill go I’m finished with fox

  26. Sir Winston says:

    Bill is a tall glass of sour white milk. Eeeewww

  27. Mark says:

    Calling on all WGA, DGA, and SAG members to boycott and not work with any studio that advertises on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. We must stop malicious movie critics from smearing our work. This is far more important than the strike.

  28. Annie says:

    Bill is a wheezer and a geezer with the sex appeal of corpse. Please take him off the air. He has done so much damage to the integrity of broadcast news and journalism in general. I am so tired of the over-inflated egos of the old, white, frustrated, mean, over-the-hill, Catholic Irish creeps now running things into the ground: Flynn, Pence, Bannon, Mulvaney, Price, Ryan, Spicer, Conway, O’Hanity, O’Reilly, Kennedy, Gorsuch. Have I left any of them out? There may have been a grain of truth when the main stream Americans of yesteryear warned about letting the Irish immigrate here and the even earlier concern about Papists. Just kidding of course. Or not!

    • Jazzyros says:

      Rotten tomatoes needs to be band. They are so harsh, as if the general public needs to adhere to their taste and style of movies. I’m so over with them.

      • Proud American that loathes the Liberal liars, and Proud of my Irish roots says:

        How tolerant of you…..I especially loved the extra rib you threw in about the Irish…..This is a “Here’s your sign” moment…..Liberal Trash!

    • George Lamb Jr says:

      You should have your estrogen levels checked! Just kidding, maybe!?

  29. Cynthia Reagle says:

    I use to watch Fox regularly, but Fox has been going steadily downhill. First there was obnoxious Megan Kelly. Now there is obnoxious Shep Smith. One of the few people have liked and continued watching continuously over the years is Bill O’Reilly. If Fox loses him, I lose Fox.

  30. Karen says:

    Salem witch hunts.

    Absurd to me that women today – and ten years ago – are so easily upset , such damsels in distress,
    If looked at “wrong” having the vapors.

    I’m embarrassed for women.

    Grow up. One can tactfully, without a word, let others know ones boundaries, and it varies among women.

    Larger issue is freedom of speech. That someone can potentially lose their job for having said something 10 years ago that is politically incorrect is terrifying .

    And where are our artists, the truth tellers who slam hypocrisy? The rebels arguing for freedom

    Where is acceptance of others imperfections.

    Where is Moliere?

    • parnakumatic says:

      moliere is lying restless in his grave wondering why you dont stop flapping your naggy gums and get your knockers out for the menfolk as God intended. /sarcasm

      Listen, I get that you’re embarrassed for us women (uh, thank you?) and feel like you have to sermonize on the equality of the sexes in all things, including crassness and disaffectation, but let’s not pretend the implication you’re putting out there in your eulogy to activist beat poets of yore has any serious value; calling some chick you have no interest in as an individual where you work ‘hot chocolate’ whenever necessity requires you actually speak to her is in no way a brave rejoinder against the ills of modern hypersensitivities.

      it’s just a sign that the corporate culture in your office views some types of personnel as being just slightly more valuable than basic fixed assets like the $99 b&w printer at the receptionist’s (you’d just know her as “Melons”) desk.

  31. Benson Stein says:

    Way to go Bill! You dirty old Irishman! At least you are “Fair and balanced” in your selection of woman. Get yourself some of the “Brown Sugar.” I have also tasted it, the best their is. You will find WHite woman boring after that, I guarantee you.

  32. James Guthrie says:

    Women makes a claim of sexual abuse. If man cannot prove it is a lie then he is quilty just because he has a penis.

    • KBTexas says:

      In Billo’s case it’s his brain and mouth that got him in his latest trouble. He knew what he was saying was improper and chose to speak anyway. Evidently you haven’t heard the recordings of his past verbal indiscretions.

  33. Maggie says:

    Really.? 10 years ago! I worked in a male dominated field and I made sure I was respected by immediately confronting any bad behavior. And that was in the 70s. If she didn’t go to HR but waited til the rumors are floating, she’s just hoping to win the lottery.

  34. cowgirldiva says:

    Two words come to my mind….1) GOLD 2) DIGGER..!! They want some of Bill’s money…!!

    • mikevolpe11 says:

      She’s not suing.

      • Uh, yes.. yes she is.. Which is why she has an attorney, however the courts are not likely going to allow her to remain anonymous, so they are hoping for a settlement.

      • cowgirldiva says:

        We’ll see about that…won’t we..??? Of course, she wants MONEY…!!! You’re naive ….!! She doesn’t have a high-powered attorney for kicks and giggles, right..??…!! THIS is all about MONEY…!! PLEASE…!!!

  35. Jane Cline says:

    The woman says O’Reilly didn’t speak to her…and….then says her called her “hot chocolate”? Am I missing something?

  36. Dave J says:

    Bill O’Reilly should be allowed to keep his show as long as he continues to bring in the ratings. Therefore the only way to boycott his show is not to become a viewer yourself otherwise you are condoning sexual harassment in the workplace as we speak.

  37. WakeUp says:

    Thank you DC Spence for injecting actual facts into this thread. Five and counting…

  38. RXS says:

    Wow, racial harassment from a Fox News meat puppet? You don’t say . . .

  39. witchesbrew says:

    Typical progressive witch hunt. Surprised that Gloria Alred is not involved.

    • Dave J says:

      It’s a witch hunt because sexual harassment doesn’t happen as long as it does not happen to you. you will always be a tool for Fox News.

  40. Jim Morrison says:

    Before this is over OReilly will be giving Freddie Gray’s mama another $6.4 million too.

  41. whatever says:

    Lisa Bloom should loose her license for making up false accusations. Now she using black women as her pawn. Typical white feminist. Girl bye!!!

  42. cowgirldiva says:

    Please print some real news..!! Not “he said, she said” BS stories…!! I, for one, am so tired of these non articles..!! The world is on fire and you print crap like this..!!?? You should be ashamed..! We want to see some professionalism….not rumors..!!!

    • DC Spence says:

      It’s not a rumor, it’s an actual fact. A lawsuit is being filed. That’s on top of the many lawsuits already filed and settled for $13 million. These are not rumors, these are facts. If your objection is that you simply do not want to read these facts, why not head back to Breitbart, where you can immerse yourself in a steady stream of fact-free stories about black and brown people committing crimes.

      • Tommy Wise says:

        some of you ladies need to stop advertiseing so much

      • cowgirldiva says:

        They are RUMORS…!!! This is…plain and simple…..a “he said, she said” case…!!! You’re just jealous because you don’t have as much money as Bill O’Reilly has in his bank accounts..!! Also, you obviously HATE what this conservative anchor has to say about all those insane liberal ideas of yours…!! You’re a closet O’Reilly watcher, aren’t you..!! HAHHAHA..!! ;D

        You and I both know this is ALL about the money….the payday…!! That’s what these “lawsuits” are about…BILL’s MONEY…!! A man like Bill O’Reilly pays these money grubbing little gnats to stop them from flying around his face and trying to live in his nostrils on his dime…! Many rich people “settle” with people like this because of the “gnat factor”….!! Oh, and BTW, you should read Breitbart if you want the real FACTS and not the lame-stream media’s FAKE TRUTH…!!! You’re a racist…!

      • @whatever… Why is it so incredibly difficult for right winners to differentiate between lose & loose… It is a certain indicator of brain rot as well as a complete lack of education!

      • Dave J says:

        @whatever…you are an idiot. Bit I guess it takes all kinds since in your dumb little head Republicans have helped black ppl more than Democrats. Continue to be a moron.

      • whatever says:

        White liberals do not care about us black people. They only use for their purposes because they believe an AA person will draw more attention. Stop using use as mules and pawns. Ms Bloom was about loose this case until she bought up….or shall I say made up more false accusations.

      • RXS says:

        Anything other than “alternative facts” makes dummies like “cowgirldiva” very, very sad because it requires them to actually think.

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