Bill O'Reily, Fox News Sued for Disparaging Female Accuser

Bill O'Reily, Fox News Sued for Disparaging Female Accuser

In the suit, Rachel Bernstein says she was not the source of details cited in New York Times' infamous story about O'Reilly's and the network's $13 million of settlement to various women in which specific details of her dispute with O'Reilly were covered.

Mullin said O'Reilly's comments violated the 2002 agreement and illustrate a broader issue, in which powerful men who are exposed as harassers attempt to discredit their victims. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Unlike other claims, this one didn't involve sexual harassment. The New York Times, which first reported the suit, said she is part of a group of six women who made settlements with the host.

According to the complaint, Bernstein repeatedly complained to Fox's HR department as well as executives at the company about O'Reilly's "mistreatment" and that "both defendant Fox News ... and O'Reilly knew that before making the statements above".

That line, as well as other public statements, represented a breach of his settlement deal with Bernstein, she alleges in Manhattan Federal Court. She was constrained out of her activity at Fox News and paid a settlement in light of his abuse. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

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Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, a former junior producer of Fox News and an alleged victim of O'Reilly, claims the former host of the "O'Reilly Factor" violated their settlement agreement in a harassment case by telling media outlets that she was a liar and an extortionist, The Washington Post reported.

The story and others would cause O'Reilly to lose his job, but not before he commented, "Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity". The lawsuit claims, "This is false". "This is false. In fact, he is a serial abuser and Ms. Bernstein's complaints about him were far from extortionate".

Fox News severed its relationship with O'Reilly in April amid mounting harassment claims. Bernstein alleges that Fox News, through its parent company, 21st Century Fox, falsely told The Times that it had received no complaints to an anonymous company hotline because, she contends, there wasn't a hotline while she was employed there in 2002.