Another harassment scandal rocks Fox News
January 11, 2017
Last summer, around the time Roger Ailes was being directed toward the exit at Fox News Channel after being accused of sexual harassment by numerous women, the network was also quietly settling a similar case against its biggest star, and one that would be costly to its reputation if the word ever got out.
Well, the word is out.
LawNewz reports that Fox News agreed to pay off a woman who charged Bill O’Reilly with making repeated unwanted advances and then harassing her when she rebuffed him.
The woman, whom The New York Times identifies as Juliet Huddy, also made a complaint against Jack Abernethy, who was promoted to co-president of the network following Ailes’ departure.
The Times says Huddy, a news reporter, reached a six-figure exit deal with FNC. She left last September, saying at the time she was going to write a book.
O’Reilly, Abernethy and Fox News have denied Huddy’s allegations. “Juliet Huddy’s letter of intent to sue contained substantial falsehoods which both men vehemently denied,” said Fox News in a statement.
Huddy, who worked at the network since 1998 and had two stints doing segments on “The O’Reilly Factor,” claimed she was removed from the show in retaliation after she rejected O’Reilly’s advances.
Huddy alleged, according to LawNewz and The Times, that O’Reilly:
* Tried to kiss her
* Asked her to come to his hotel room, where he was wearing boxers
* Made inappropriate, sexual phone calls
According to The Times, Huddy was paid for her silence. She agreed not to sue and to keep the allegations a secret – but an anonymous tipster sent the paper a copy of the agreement.
This isn’t the first time O’Reilly has been accused of harassment. In 2004, former “Factor” producer Andrea Mackris sued him. That case was settled before trial.
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