Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Sued for Defamation by Female Accuser

Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Sued for Defamation by Female Accuser

A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly alleges in a new suit that he and the network breached their nondisparagement and confidentiality agreements after she was outed in a New York Times story about claims against O'Reilly.

"Mr. O'Reilly is the liar".

"He's gone far beyond that and painted our client in a awful light", lawyer Neil Mullin told WaPo, claiming that O'Reilly violated the 2002 settlement case by implying that Bernstein's claims were politically motivated, Variety reported.

Since Fox News cut ties with O'Reilly-just weeks after the Times published an April report detailing the numerous settlements O'Reilly and 21st Century Fox made regarding sexual harassment-he's taken numerous occasions to question the credibility of the anonymous women and reiterate his total innocence.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Sued for Defamation by Female Accuser
Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Sued for Defamation by Female Accuser

"Fox News has been aware of complaints about inappropriate behavior by Mr. O'Reilly since at least 2002, when Mr. O'Reilly stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident".

That line, and in addition other open proclamations, spoke to a break of his settlement manage Bernstein, she claims in Manhattan Federal Court.

According to the complaint, Bernstein repeatedly complained to Fox's HR department as well as executives at the company about O'Reilly's "mistreatment" and that "both defendant Fox News ... and O'Reilly knew that before making the statements above". "It is cowardly to publicly attack these women knowing they have been subjected to contractual provisions requiring absolute silence". The amount of money she received after entering the settlement in July 2002 is not known.

And after the Times' latest story on an O'Reilly settlement in October, the former Fox host said he "never mistreated anyone". She was constrained out of her activity at Fox News and paid a settlement in light of his abuse. She did go to HR and other company executives to complain about him several times.

Bernstein's attorneys say those statements, along with others from O'Reilly and Fox, violated the non-disparagement clause and represented defamation against their client by portraying her as a liar. "This is false. In fact, he is a serial abuser and Ms. Bernstein's complaints about him were far from extortionate". There was no hotline at Fox during plaintiff's employment. "She was not politically or financially motivated to raise the claims of abuse".

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