Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Fox Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bill O'Reilly

Fox Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bill O'Reilly

Lisa Bloom, a civil rights attorney who is representing Walsh, said she and her client made a decision to call the anonymous hotline because no one had done so.

"I'm told that they are taking it seriously, and they are going to do the investigation that's legally required of them", Bloom said on "Reliable Sources".

"As president, I promise I'm going to do everything I can to make sure you people work in coal for the rest of your lives, and your kids will work in coal, and your grandkids", he told one cast member. Paul Weiss is the same firm that investigated former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who was ousted from the company over harassment allegations.

One week ago The New York Times reported Fox News, its parent company, and O'Reilly paid five women a total of $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims against the conservative political commentator.

Bloom and Walsh called into 21st Century Fox's corporate hotline last week to formally issue the complaint with the company.

When she declined, O'Reilly allegedly became hostile and told her "forget about any career advice I gave you, you're on your own", the Times said.

The last week has not been kind to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. "There was an audible gasp in the room, like, "Can you believe this is happening?' Trump was defended on Fox News after that tape came out...." After she refused an invitation to go to O'Reilly's hotel suite in 2013, a New York Times investigation found, he did not follow through on securing her a job at Fox News. They posted a video of their phone call to YouTube. "Sometimes they will do that", O'Reilly said. "I'm more familiar with this case than, say, healthcare, but I really didn't look into it much, no".

Meanwhile, dozens of advertisers have fled from "The O'Reilly Factor" in the wake of the report.

The allegations resulted in several companies pulling ads from The O'Reilly Factor, though SNL's take on the controversy assured viewers several brands were sticking fast, namely "Dog Cocaine" and a pill described as "Cialis for horses". The O'Reilly Factor is the top-rated news discussion show on cable television.

O'Reilly himself recently said that he had never been the subject of human resources complaints at Fox News, and a spokesperson later said that the firm was already on retainer with the network.

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