Fox News reportedly paid an anchor to keep her from suing Bill O'Reilly for sexual harassment, The New York Times reports.
Juliet Huddy said O'Reilly had sought a relationship with her in 2011 and tried to ruin her career when she rejected him. She alleged in a draft of a letter from her lawyers that O'Reilly called her multiple times, occasionally sounding like he was masturbating. In another instance he greeted her at the door in his underwear. Fox News paid her "in the high six figures" to keep quiet, the Times reports.
After Fox News' former CEO Roger Ailes resigned in a sexual harassment scandal, executives declared no such behavior would be tolerated.
There is absolutely no basis for any claim of sexual harassment against Bill O'Reilly by Juliet Huddy.
Fox News representatives dismissed the Times' report.
Similarly, Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti said the letter from Huddy's lawyers "contains substantial falsehoods."
O'Reilly was viewed by coworkers as an influential figure at Fox News, and his support could lead to career advancement, the Times reports.
At one point after Huddy rejected O'Reilly, he started harshly criticizing her work and replaced her on a segment of "The O'Reilly Factor" she had started appearing on.
Huddy left Fox News Sept. 7.
Bill O'Reilly— Republican Swine (@RepublicanSwine) January 10, 2017
Report: Fox News kept Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment case quiet.
You mean the self-righteous, Mr. Family Values guy.
Critics were quick to bash O'Reilly.
Bill O'Reilly caught sexually harassing women at Fox. Notice it's always the "morally righteous" Conservatives acting the most deplorably?— Share Liberally (@ShareLiberally) January 10, 2017
Many condemned O'Reilly's apparent moral hypocrisy.
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