O'Reilly on sexual harassment allegations: 'It's terrible what I went through'

Monday, 23 Oct, 2017

The New York Times reported Fox News renewed former host Bill O'Reilly's contract earlier this year not long after he paid $32 million to Lis Wiehl, a colleague who threatened to sue him for alleged sexual misconduct.

O'Reilly responded to the Times report, writing on Twitter, "Yet another smear article on me", with a link to his website, where he posted what he calls "the verifiable truth". "Six months after Mr. Ailes left the company, Fox News Corporation signed Bill O'Reilly to a record breaking new contract after the company had analyzed and considered all allegations against him".

"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false". "I know because I complained".

"His new contract, which was made at a time typical for renewals of multi-year talent contracts, added protections for the company specifically aimed at harassment, including that O'Reilly could be dismissed if the company was made aware of other allegations or if additional relevant information was obtained in a company investigation", the statement said.

O'Reilly insisted that The Times' "figures are wrong" and that they were "making assumptions", and claimed that ousted Fox News host Eric Bolling's son died because of allegations against the former host, though police still have not released information about Bolling's son's death.

"I'm not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad, " he said. "At all. That doesn't interest me one bit". "I'm not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it".

Kelly said Shine informed her he would "deal with it".

The previously undisclosed agreement, at least the sixth involving O'Reilly or the company related to harassment charges against him, was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the newspaper, which cited two people "briefed on the matter" as its sources.

On his show that night, O'Reilly said, "Don't run down the concern that supports you by trying to undermine it, " about any women who feel they have been harassed.

O'Reilly was sacked in April, after the Times reported that Fox News had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

"This is not unique to Fox News, " Kelly said. "Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions", she continued Monday.

"They stay silent out of fear", she said.

"At Fox News, the media relations chief Irena Briganti is known for her vindictiveness".

At the end of her emotional speech at the top of the hour, Kelly said, "It gives me no pleasure to report such news about my former employer which has, absolutely, made some reforms since all of this went down.But this must stop".