Fox Settled $32 Million Harassment Case Against O'Reilly

Tammy Harvey
October 23, 2017

The Times reported earlier Saturday that O'Reilly paid out $32 million to longtime Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl in January of 2016 to settle new sexual harassment allegations that weren't previously reported.

He was forced to resign in April following a raft of sexual harassment allegations.

Did Fox News REALLY think it was a good idea to renew O'Reilly at the time?!

The settlement with Wiehl - which was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the Times - is one of six involving O'Reilly that are in the public domain, totalling $45m.

O'Reilly was sacked in April after settlements with multiple women over accusations of sexual harassment came to light.

In a statement, 21st Century Fox said it was not privy to the amount of the Wiehl settlement and believed that January settlement with her was a personal matter.

"The former host has maintained the end of his hosting career was "politically and financially motivated", and contended, "...we can prove it with shocking information, but 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". He also declined to comment on the size of the settlement paid to Wiehl, saying both O'Reilly and Wiehl were bound by a confidentiality agreement.

Wiehl appeared regularly on O'Reilly's program for 15 years, and said in her affidavit that she had worked with him, socialized with him and offered legal advice over an 18-year period.

The money involved in O'Reilly's case is also exceptional; the $32 million the network dished out eclipsed Gretchen Carlson's $20 million settlement against Roger Ailes and singlehandedly dwarfed the amount of O'Reilly's other five publicly known settlements.

In spite of the fact that the arrangement has not been already made open, the system's parent organization, 21st Century Fox, recognizes that it knew about the lady's objections about Mr. O'Reilly.

"She replied, I know you did, I know".

During an O'Reilly Factor segment on a strip club, O'Reilly suggested that she learn how to dance for a $10,000 tip.

Since his dismissal, O'Reilly's media profile has dimmed, though he continues to broadcast his hard-edged political opinions from home, and recently published the latest installment in his bestselling Killing series.

O'Reilly, in a combative interview with the Times, insisted he had done nothing wrong and only settled to spare his children from the publicity surrounding a trial.

As part of the settlement, Wiehl agreed to destroy messages and photos from O'Reilly that could back up her complaints, and to keep silent on the issue, the newspaper reported.

21st Century Fox said Saturday that it had taken "concerted action" to overhaul Fox News and replace members of the network's leadership.

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