Fox kept O'Reilly despite harassment suit

Emmett Rice
October 25, 2017

O'Reilly wrapped up the allegations this January in a quick 15 days from when the lawsuit was drafted.

The Times story reports that the settlement it reported on today was at least the sixth "and by far the largest" made by either O'Reilly or 21 Century Fox to settle harassment claims. 21st Century Fox was aware of these complaints, the Times reported, but still renewed his contract in February for $25 million a year. "They included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter", according to the Times.

In a bombshell report, the Times reported that Fox News extended O'Reilly's contract - a four year, $100 million contract - after he settled a sexual misconduct suit levied by longtime Fox legal analyst Lis Wiehl.

"This is crap, and you know it", O'Reilly told the Times, when asked about the settlement.

Gretchen Carlson, who received $20 million previous year after claims against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, tweeted her take on the matter: "Nobody pays $32m for false allegations - nobody".

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Fox News extended host Bill O'Reilly's contract for $100 million over four years shortly after he reached a $32 million agreement to settle claims of sexual harassment from a former network employee, The New York Times reported Saturday. O'Reilly hotly denied the circumstances around the settlement. "The Times ignored that evidence, sworn under oath, and chose to rely on unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete leaked or stolen documents".

The revelation that Bill O'Reilly paid $32 million to a former Fox News colleague is shocking only in the settlement's size and and timing.

Even though Fox knew about O'Reilly's history it seems that Murdoch and his sons decided the network couldn't take losing such a strong star at a time when Megyn Kelly had just left the network.

The Times also discovered that federal prosecutors who were investigating the network's handling of sexual harassment complaints against Ailes also requested material related to allegations against O'Reilly. 'It's done as a way to put a hammer over the individual who signs so they will never come forward and disclose the allegations, ' she said.

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