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

05 December 2017

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.

Berstein's attorney filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY against O'Reilly and Fox News for breach of contract and defamation.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims in her U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY suit Bernstein v. O'Reilly, 17-cv-09483, that she was not the source of information for the April 1 story that appeared in the Times. The April 1 story recounted how the anchor and network had paid $13 million in settlements over the years to her and other women who had complained that O'Reilly had abused or sexually harassed them during their employment.

Bernstein is being represented by Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith, who represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her 2016 lawsuit against the network's late founder and former chairman, Roger Ailes. He mistreated Ms. Bernstein. She was constrained out of her activity at Fox News and paid a settlement in light of his abuse.

Her lawsuit also claims that O'Reilly's statements that no complaints were filed against him are "deliberately misleading". "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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Bernstein is one of six known to have reached settlements after making sexual harassment accusations against Mr. O'Reilly, which ultimately led to O'Reilly's firing from Fox News, reports the New York Times.

Fox News ended its association with O'Reilly in April due to sexual harassment allegations against the TV host and commentator. The story said Bernstein left Fox "with a payout and bound by a confidentiality agreement", and that her settlement "was far less" than the others. He was the network's top rated personality for most of that time.

Bernstein's attorneys said in a statement Monday that she "was not the source for this revelation".

Subsequent statements by O'Reilly are alleged to have violated the nondisparagement clause, according to Bernstein.

Fox News didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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