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Bill O’Reilly reportedly paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment suit in January

Then, O'Reilly got a huge contract from Fox.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Oct 21, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 1:39 pm CDT

Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly reportedly paid $32 million last January to settle a sexual harassment suit with one of his frequent guests, according to the New York Times. Although Fox knew about the payout, the channel then gave O’Reilly a four-year contract extension worth $25 million a year.

O’Reilly was fired in April after it was revealed he had paid out $13 million to five women to settle other sexual harassment allegations. He later said he had been a good mentor to women while at Fox.

The latest woman to accuse O’Reilly is Lis Wiehl, who had been a legal analyst for the network for 15 years. According to the Times, O’Reilly is accused of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship, and the transmission of sexually explicit material, including gay porn, to Wiehl.

During an interview with the Times on Wednesday, O’Reilly said, “I never mistreated anyone … [The allegations are] politically and financially motivated, and we can prove it with shocking information, but I’m not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it.”

Here’s 21st Century Fox’s statement:

Read the entire Times piece here.

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*First Published: Oct 21, 2017, 1:08 pm CDT