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Bill O'Reilly settled sixth sexual harassment claim for $32 million

Bill O'Reilly settled sixth sexual harassment claim for $32 million

In a new report out Saturday morning in the New York Times, it turns out that disgraced former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly settled ANOTHER sexual harassment claim from a co-worker earlier this year... for a whopping $32 million.

A report in the New York Times published Saturday said O'Reilly made the payment to Lis Wiehl, a longtime contributor to his program, who alleged that O'Reilly forced her into a nonconsensual sexual relationship and sent her sexually explicit material. "Despite that record", the Times writes, "21st Century Fox began contract negotiations with Mr. O'Reilly, and in February granted him a four-year extension that paid $25 million a year". O'Reilly hasn't exactly been exiled from Fox News either - he recently appeared on Sean Hannity's show, where he lamented not fighting harder to keep his job.

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.

"After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel", 21st Century Fox said in a statement at the time. But he said he agreed to settle "to protect my children from the horror" of continuing adverse publicity had Wiehl's allegations been litigated in court. He concluded, "Finally, in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline".

O'Reilly's new deal included a stipulation that any further sexual harassment allegations made against him could lead to his termination. O'Reilly was not only the network's marquee attraction, but his program was the single largest source of advertising revenue for Fox News, which is the most consistent profit center for 21st Century.

Despite the lurid details - and the (at least) five other harassment claims that had been settled in previous years - Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan reportedly made a "business calculation" to retain O'Reilly, their biggest star at the time, in January.

However, O'Reilly refused to specifically comment on Wiehl.

But they ousted O'Reilly, 67, in April after some of his other settlements became public.

In what the Times described as a "combative and defiant" O'Reilly, the former Fox host said in an interview on Wednesday that there was no merit to any of the allegations against him.

Wiehl had been a regular on "The O'Reilly Factor" for well over a decade. British regulators said scandals in the USA have already threatened its attempt to acquire the European satellite network Sky. Shine has been named as a defendant in several lawsuits by former Fox contributors and staffers.

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