Fox Renewed Bill O'Reilly's Contract After $32 Million Harassment Settlement

Violet Tucker
October 23, 2017

Since-fired Fox News star Bill O'Reilly settled a staggering $32 million sexual harassment suit mere weeks before signing a four-year, $100 million contract extension.

They included claims of rehashed harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay erotica and other sexually unequivocal material to her, as per the general population advised on the issue.

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.

Also, government prosecutors who had been examining the system's treatment of sexual harassment grievances against Mr. Ailes had requested material identified with assertions including Mr. O'Reilly, as indicated by an interior Fox email got by The Times.

"The company subsequently acted based on the terms of this contract", the statement continued. She agreed not to sue Mr. O'Reilly, Fox News or 21st Century Fox and that all photos, text messages and other communications between the two would be destroyed. O'Reilly denied doing anything improper in an interview with the Times.

"21st Century Fox has taken concerted action to transform Fox News, including installing new leaders, overhauling management and on-air talent, expanding training, and increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination,"Saturday's 21CF statement asserted". Fox re-signed O'Reilly earlier this year, he wrote, "after the company had analyzed and considered all the allegations against him".

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The paper reports Wiehl's attorneys sent a draft of a lawsuit to O'Reilly on January 2, and the parties reached a settlement a few days later. "I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person".

The disclosure of the Wiehl settlement follows a string of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein, including accusations of rape, that sparked a worldwide conversation about harassment in the film industry and beyond.

Nevertheless, the Murdochs chose to re-sign O'Reilly, despite being aware of his history of settlements, including the one with Wiehl only a month before they began contract renewal talks.

In January, the detailing appears, Rupert Murdoch and his children, Lachlan and James, the best officials at 21st Century Fox, made a business computation to remain by Mr. O'Reilly notwithstanding his latest, and conceivably most hazardous, harassment question.

Ultimately, the Murdochs ousted O'Reilly after the initial Times report appeared in April, triggering an advertiser exodus from his program, "The O'Reilly Factor". Shine has been named as a defendant in several lawsuits by former Fox contributors and staffers.

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