O'Reilly Struck $32M Settlement In January Over Harassment Allegations

O'Reilly Struck $32M Settlement In January Over Harassment Allegations

O'Reilly Struck $32M Settlement In January Over Harassment Allegations

"The company subsequently acted based on the terms of this contract", they said of what became O'Reilly's well paid out firing in April of this year from the already deeply tainted once Roger Ailes run cabler.

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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 also claimed that it has taken action to change the culture of Fox News in the wake of its sexual harassment scandals, including "increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination". She left at the time of the settlement.

"When the company renewed Bill O'Reilly's contract in February, it knew that a sexual harassment lawsuit had been threatened against him by Lis Wiehl, but was informed by Mr. O'Reilly that he had settled the matter personally, on financial terms that he and Ms. Wiehl had agreed were confidential and not disclosed to the company", 21 Century Fox said in a statement to CBS News on Saturday.

The company signed a $25 million-per-year deal with the commentator, but added corporate protections against future allegations of harassment against him.

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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.

O'Reilly told the Times, "I never mistreated anyone", but wanted to handle things privately to protect his kids. The Times reports that Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, were adamant at the time to retain the popular host, as they had just seen the departure of Megyn Kelly.

Mark Fabiani, an O'Reilly spokesman, elaborated in a statement that the Times, in its latest story, has "maliciously smeared" O'Reilly by choosing to rely on "unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete, leaked or stolen documents" instead of concrete, provable facts. They agreed that all communications between her and O'Reilly would be destroyed, and she signed an affidavit saying she had "no claims against Bill O'Reilly concerning any of those emails or any of the allegations in the draft complaint", according to the Times.

Weinstein, 65, who was sacked by production company Miramax and suspended by the board of the Oscars, has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

According to the Times, Fox negotiated his contract to include new provisions that would allow O'Reilly to be let go if new allegations came to light.

O'Reilly's attorney, Fredric S. Newman, said his relationship with Wiehl was an 18-year friendship in which she sometimes gave him legal advice.

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