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$13 Million Paid to Settle Bill O’Reilly Harassment Claims

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Fox News Host Says He’s A “Target”

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A scalding New York Times report today claims Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has cost the network $13 million in sexual harassment settlements with five women, including two that followed the departure last summer of chairman Roger Ailes.

 O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, posted a response on his website, saying, in part, “In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.” Though he does not deny that the settlements were made, he notes, “The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel.”

The Times report by Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt follows their investigation that found five women “who have received payouts from either Mr. O’Reilly or the company in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him.”

According to the Times, the five women either worked for O’Reilly or appeared on his show, and “have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating.”

“The reporting suggests a pattern: As an influential figure in the newsroom, Mr. O’Reilly would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally. He then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.”

READ THE FULL STORY  HERE  OR THE ORIGINAL STORY AT THE N.Y. TIMES WEBSITE  HERE

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