Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

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

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

January 10, 2017: The New York Times reported Fox News had settled with a employee named Juliet Huddy, paying her a high six-figure settlement over alleged harassment from O'Reilly.

The latest story, however, will rock Fox News further.

Amid the turmoil, 21st Century Fox had been facing legal and regulatory pressure, particularly its need to improve its image while seeking approval from British regulators to buy the European satellite company Sky. British regulators said scandals in the US have already threatened its attempt to acquire the European satellite network Sky. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers.

The parent company of Fox News says it knew about a settlement over sexual harassment allegations against Bill O'Reilly by an on-air analyst before the company extended the ex-host's $25 million contract in February.

Details of the settlement and how the company handled the O'Reilly situation emerged from interviews with two people briefed on the agreement and several others familiar with the dispute; all spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive private negotiations. They note that O'Reilly's new contract stipulated they had the ability to fire him should new allegations arise. His camp believes the leaks about the Wiehl settlement might be coming from Fox to hurt him.

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In his statement on behalf of O'Reilly (read it below), Fabiani writes, "In it's latest diatribe against Bill O'Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously created to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace".

Mr. O'Reilly told The New York Times that he had been receiving threatening messages during his time at Fox News and was forwarding some of the material to Ms. Wiehl since she was one of his attorneys, according to the report.

O'Reilly's exit followed the departure of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes. It also said O'Reilly and the woman had agreed the financial terms would be kept confidential. Saturday's developments may make that more hard.

CBS News has not confirmed the amount of the settlement.

The New York Times broke the news Saturday in a bombshell report, alleging 21st Century Fox executives were aware of O'Reilly's penchant for sexual misconduct, accusations leveled by former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl, before signing the $100 million deal in February. Fox News Corp. then signed O'Reilly to a "record-breaking new contract after the company had analyzed and considered all allegations against him".

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"The O'Reilly Factor" was the top-rated show on Fox News.

O'Reilly was ousted months later when it was revealed Fox had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

O'Reilly could not be reached for comment Saturday. But Fabiani provided Reuters with a copy of what he said was an affidavit from her, saying she had settled her differences with both O'Reilly and Fox News, and had no claims against either one of them.

"It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with many of you during my time at Fox", Wiehl wrote.

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

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