President Donald Trump, speaking to The New York Times in an interview from the Oval Office, defended Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, after reports surfaced that O’Reilly and Fox News settled five claims accusing him of sexual harassment.
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said, according to the Times. “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations, advertisers have been defecting from O’Reilly’s show, “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Trump has been a guest on O’Reilly’s show multiple times, and the Fox News host interviewed him during Fox’s pregame show before this year’s Super Bowl. O’Reilly has denied the allegations, according to a statement from 21st Century Fox. He also said that he believes he is vulnerable to such claims as a public figure.
Groups like the National Organization for Women have called for an independent investigation of the news network. In the wake of the claims, dozens of advertisers have decided not to advertise on O’Reilly’s show.
Trump himself was the subject of multiple claims of sexual harassment during the campaign, and he denied them.
Note: This post has been corrected to reflect that Fox News and Bill O’Reilly personally settled five claims of sexual harassment. Only one of those claims, made by Andrea Macros, resulted in litigation.