Don Lemon calls Fox News hypocritical after reports of O'Reilly settlement
23 October, 2017, 04:11 | Author: Pamela Mathis
Bill O'Reilly agreed to pay $32 million to resolve sexual harassment claims lodged by a frequent guest of his former Fox News program, The New York Times reported Saturday - an enormous, previously undisclosed settlement reached weeks before the disgraced pundit received a pay raise from the network's parent company.
The story really rattled cages because it reported Fox News renewed O'Reilly's contract - for $25 million per year for four years - after O'Reilly reached a settlement with Wiehl. O'Reilly reportedly sent her much of the explicit material via email.
In a statement, 21st Century Fox defended its decision because it said he had settled the matter personally.
Well, his former colleague Gretchen Carlson didn't buy his defense.
This is the first time this new O'Reilly agreement has been revealed and it's at least the sixth one made by O'Reilly - or the company - to settle harassment allegations against him.
However, O'Reilly refused to specifically comment on Wiehl.
A spokesman for O'Reilly released the statement Saturday in response to 21st Century Fox acknowledging that it knew a news analyst had threatened to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against him when it renewed his contract in February. The New York Times said it stands by its reporting.
Fox granted O'Reilly the new contract last February after booting chairman Roger Ailes just seven months earlier in wake of multiple sexual harassment accusations against him.
In its first article about Mr. O'Reilly on April 1, The New York Times printed inaccurate settlement figures while fully understanding that O'Reilly and his counsel are legally bound by confidentiality and can not set the record straight.
O'Reilly says 21st Century Fox paid out close to $100 million dollars to settle all the cases brought by dozens of women.
In a statement, 21st Century Fox said it was not privy to the amount of O'Reilly's January settlement with 15-year Fox News analyst Wiehl, and regarded it as a personal issue between the two of them.
"Hypocrisy much?" Lemon wrote on Twitter, tagging both O'Reilly and Fox News.
After Wiehl came forward about the behavior, the settlement went down privately in January...
In its latest diatribe against Bill O'Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously created to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace. Fredric S. Newman, O'Reilly's lawyer, said the company was eager to have the host stay on after the departure of Megyn Kelly, another of the most popular Fox News personalities, and initiated the negotiations.
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