Former ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Guest Commentator Calls for Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bill O’Reilly

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Wendy Walsh, a former guest commentator on “The O’Reilly Factor” and adjunct professor of psychology, appeared with her attorney Lisa Bloom on Monday to call for an independent investigation of the culture at Fox News in light of claims of sexual harassment against anchor Bill O’Reilly.

Walsh, at a press conference in Bloom’s Woodland Hills, Calif., offices, claims that early in 2013, after she had started weekly appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor,” she met O’Reilly at his invitation for dinner at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, and talked of her prospects for getting hired as a paid contributor. She said she later refused his invite to his suite. After that, she said, O’Reilly was “hostile” to her and, in May, her weekly segments were put on hold.

Walsh said O’Reilly’s “job offer disappeared the moment I refused to accompany him to his hotel suite. His friendliness to me vanished the moment I rebuffed him.”

Walsh’s account was among those detailed in a New York Times report of multiple settlements totaling $13 million paid after sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly.

A spokeswoman for Fox News did not immediately return a request for comment.

Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement to the Times that O’Reilly had denied “the merits of the claims” and O’Reilly said he was “vulnerable” to lawsuits as a controversial public figure.

But Bloom said that Fox News’ decision to renew O’Reilly’s contract showed that “apparently Fox News does not think that anti-discrimination laws apply to them.”

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She said that although Fox tapped the law firm of Paul, Weiss to review claims last summer, at the time allegations were swirling around then-CEO Roger Ailes, and that probe was not independent.

Bloom said that the New York State Division of Human Rights had the power to initiate investigations, along with the NYC Human Rights Commission.

“Today Wendy and I call upon these agencies to initiate their own independent investigations into the culture of sexual harassment that has been widely reported to exist at Fox News, to issue findings, and to require the company to take all necessary measures to protect the rights of working women,” Bloom said.

Walsh herself is not filing a lawsuit, but would cooperate with an investigation. Bloom said she could not bring litigation because her claims are more than a year old.

Bloom warned that if O’Reilly and Fox News continued to attack Walsh, “she will have fresh claims of retaliation and vindictiveness against you, and I know where the courthouse is.”

Walsh said that her segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” was started in 2013, and she would appear from Los Angeles while another psychologist, Bonny Forrest, joined from San Diego and answered questions from O’Reilly in New York.

Three weeks after the segment started, O’Reilly’s assistant asked her to join the host in Los Angeles for dinner, and she was excited over the prospects for being offered a job.

“At the dinner, he told me that I was a very beautiful woman,” she said. “He also told me that Roger Ailes is his good friend and promised to give me a paid contributor position on his show.” But when dinner was finished and O’Reilly suggested that they go to his suite, she said, she declined. After that, his demeanor “utterly transformed from charming to hostile,” she said.

She said that O’Reilly then told her, “I want you to forget all the business advice I gave you. Do what you want. You’re on your own.”

In May of that year, when she was live on set, she said that O’Reilly ignored her and, after a bit, looked up and said, “When are you leaving?” Shortly after that, she got a call from the show’s producer that the segment was put on hold.

Walsh said that she did not pursue a claim for sexual harassment because her teenage daughter was applying to colleges and she didn’t want negative publicity to “tarnish her chances of being accepted.” She also said that she still wanted to get a paid position at the network and wanted to appear “nice, professional and non-threatening.”

Walsh’s claims come on the heels of a lawsuit filed on Monday by Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky, who said she was harassed by former Fox News chief Roger Ailes and then discriminated against in retaliation.

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  1. Pat Simmons says:

    She use to go out with Weiner! Woman are just making crap up to take Fox down!

  2. Juancarlo says:

    Lisa Bloom = Gloria Allred’s daughter…

  3. Betsy says:

    A lawsuit pays off a lot better and a lot quicker than a paycheck you actually have to do something to earn. Find a high profile personality, make unprovable charges and rake in the dough. You don’t have to be a psychiatrists to figure that one out.

  4. Tim Caruso says:

    O’Reilly’ and Trump 2 P–sy grabbing pervs stroking each other!maybe they should play tallywacker with each other!

  5. Mike The real American. says:

    Funny it bad when a Fox new man does it but with the president does it and lies about it its ok. Then the wife goes after the victims and people are mad she is not the president. Left only cares about their end result and not the people who have been proven a victim. For bill this is all BS from the left to take him down until it is proven. Fox news just want to make money and paying off a person to stop the lies is just business .

  6. Sct says:

    She’s a moron. Most women would have been insulted at that cheap invite and would have said sorry I have plans for the week. Like she’s so stupid she’s going to drop everything. What was her intention as accepting an invite to a hotel to humiliate him. Oh and then blame her child for making the announcement 2 yrs later.
    Her college should fire her. Most professions have a no publicity policy in their contracts.

    • Joe Bob says:

      I think you’re actually talking about your your little bigot her trump. But yeah you keep ignoring and/or actively cheering on his sexual assault crimes. Filthy little bigot :P

  7. Joe says:

    So if there was no request and a possible hostile rebuff and BOR still pushed her away there would be no case. Nothing was ever written down. Sounds like both sides are looking for revenge.

  8. carol brunswick says:

    i believe every word, i’ve always thought o’reilly was a sleazy, egotistical, chauvinistic, PIG….

  9. Bill says:

    So O’Reilly invited this woman to his room after she met him at a hotel and then decided not to help hire her and that is the entirety of the claim right? AYFKM? Reads like a revenge hit piece. O’Reilly has really been on the democrats lately because of their conduct.

  10. Timely Comment says:

    Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly…

    Amazing that FOX News viewers get their information and no-but-really-“spin” on events from an organization that are headed by these men.

    Women like Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly apparently got out in time (but stayed at the news organization quite a long time “for their careers”). And now there’s Julie Roginsky’s lawsuit against Ailes, and Wendy Walsh’s lawsuit against O’Reilly to continue the drumbeat of sexual predatoriness of these men. The “credibility” of the reportage is FURTHER tainted…

    Doesn’t reflect well on FOX News.

    • Betsy says:

      Deep pockets attract financial predators. Charge the big boys for a bigger payout. This is just more of the Alinsky pattern of the left. All O’Reilly or anyone else at Fox has to do is register as a Democrat and then, poof, problem solved. Then the MSM will come to your defense; the women are all gold digging liars, “it’s only sex”, “the truth is relative–it is whatever you believe it to be”, and all is well. Hey, it worked for Bill Clinton, over and over and over and over.

      If you feel like you’re being harassed (the definition is objective to the individual and the situation) get out, move on. I’ve done it. I’ve seen women complain they are being harassed because they were asked to do their damned job, or are expected to perform at the same level as other women (or men), or because they didn’t get hired for a job they interviewed for. You are only a victim as long as you allow yourself to be one.

      Get over yourself and move on if you are so unhappy.

      • teresa landucci says:

        Wow easy for u to say….i have twenty years in my career and i should have to leave it over some fat slob that cant get over himself…ur a idiot and totally clueless…

  11. Rex says:

    It’s frighteningly easy to picture O’Reilly’s mug turning nasty on a dime when yet another potential conquest decided to put dignity first. Just like he treats so many guests when they stick it to him.

    Stil, seems so many in power on the right can only get some by coercion. It’ll be so nice to see that hostile face off the tube for good!

  12. Frank says:

    Omg walsh is another psycho. She’s from la she knows what the hotel bel aire is for if you’re going on a private dinner why would she accept anyway. He probably wanted to get rid of her.
    my college boyfriend 20 yrs ago told me This is the classic way men make women look stupid.
    Wendy walsh sounds like she’s talking to 5 yrs olds anyway why is she even on the air ever, I have to change the channel. Is she on drugs????

    • The Truth says:

      You’re an unmitigated dickhead, Frank. Bill O’Reilly’s behavior was unprofessional and inappropriate. But you blame Walsh. What a putz.

    • Sct says:

      Snl opening skit… O Reilly look alike reading tweets from hundreds of strange women that want him to invite them for dinner.

  13. Cole says:

    Why don’t these guys hire escorts?…it baffles me.

  14. Anthony Wrex says:

    I wonder what Wendy Walsh wore to that dinner in L.A. with O’Reilly…. I bet she picked it out to “entice” him to give her that promotion. O’Reilly should sue her for sexual harassment for wearing that dress.

  15. Haz says:

    I’m sorry while the accusations may be true having Gloria Allreds daughter representing you is a mistake. The woman is as bad as her ambulance chasing mother.

  16. WakeUp says:

    Shocker…Walsh said O’Reilly’s “job offer disappeared the moment I refused to accompany him to his hotel suite. His friendliness to me vanished the moment I rebuffed him.” O’Reilly, white and male…Has free license on FOX…

    • Hudson says:

      Bill Clinton, white and male, still has free license at the DNC….

      • Betsy says:

        Exactly. Trump may have said it (don’t kid yourself, men talk like that and have since high school) but Clinton did it, many times and no one cared then or now.

      • The Truth says:

        Donald Trump, white and male, still has free license after bragging about pussy grabbing and cheating on his wives. What’s the point? All of these disgusting reprobates should be universally shamed and rudely booted from their positions in public life. If they’ve broken the law, they should be prosecuted, convicted, and punished.

  17. greg marotta says:

    About time for an independent investigation on BOR and his private eye–mental and physical midget Bo Dietl.

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