Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Bill O'Reilly sued by former Fox News producer for defamation

Bill O'Reilly sued by former Fox News producer for defamation

Bill O'Reilly is being sued by a woman he settled up with in a harassment case, claiming he violated a clause in their agreement that prohibited him from talking trash about her.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, a former junior producer at Fox News, is one of six women who reportedly entered into settlement agreements after alleging abuse by O'Reilly.

The New York Times reported in April that Bernstein left the network after filing a complaint about him "storming into the newsroom" and yelling at her. "They should release all victims from their NDAs and let the truth out".

However, Fox News and O'Reilly have not responded so far.

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Monday's lawsuit lists a series of statements issued by O'Reilly and Fox in the wake of an April story by the New York Times revealing that O'Reilly and the network paid $13 million in settlements to five women who accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

That line, as well as other public statements, represented a breach of his settlement deal with Bernstein, she alleges in Manhattan Federal Court. Her complaints against O'Reilly involved verbal abuse and discrimination.

"He's gone far beyond that and painted our client in a bad light", lawyer Neil Mullin told WaPo, claiming that O'Reilly violated the 2002 settlement case by implying that Bernstein's claims were politically motivated, Variety reported.

And after the Times' latest story on an O'Reilly settlement in October, the former Fox host said he "never mistreated anyone".

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In addition to that, the suit cites additional comments which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter and various other outlets, which Bernstein says violated the terms of their agreement. "Fox News took no action to protect plaintiff from O'Reilly".

The lawsuit, which has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, states, "Mr. O'Reilly is the liar".

Bernstein complained in 2002 that she was mistreated by O'Reilly when she worked for the network, and ultimately reached a settlement agreement with the network. Her lawsuit said both O'Reilly and Fox News wrote false statements claiming that no one went to a company hotline to make claims against O'Reilly.

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