O'Reilly, Fox Face Breach of Contract Claims Over Outing of Accuser

  • O'Reilly, Fox Face Breach of Contract Claims Over Outing of Accuser

O'Reilly, Fox Face Breach of Contract Claims Over Outing of Accuser

The lawsuit, which has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, states, "Mr. O'Reilly is the liar".

In a statement, Rachel Witlieb Bernstein's lawyer said since O'Reilly's history of alleged sexual harassment has become public, Bernstein has experienced "widespread distribution of disparaging, defamatory, and false claims against her".

O'Reilly was constrained out of Fox News in April following a progression of disclosures about affirmed lewd behavior and manhandle.

Bernstein complained in 2002 that she was mistreated by O'Reilly when she worked for the network, and ultimately reached a settlement agreement with the network.

"In fact, Ms. Bernstein repeatedly complained to Fox Human Resources, Bill Shine, and other Fox executives, about Mr. O'Reilly's mistreatment and both defendant Fox News Network LLC and O'Reilly knew that before making the statements above", the complaint says.

She says O'Reilly insinuated she extorted him which she says is a lie, calling the former FNC host a "serial abuser".

Since his ouster from Fox News earlier this year, O'Reilly has cast himself as the "victim" of person attacks and attempted to dispute the credibility of several women who accused him of harassment.

In the New York Times story, O'Reilly said he paid Bernstein and other women who complained because he's "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity".

She went to HR and other organization administrators to gripe about him a few times. She's represented by the same attorneys at Smith Mullin who represented Gretchen Carlson in the retaliation lawsuit against Fox News.

Her suit names both Fox News and O'Reilly as respondents and looks for harms to be resolved at trial for break of agreement, slander and different cases. "There is ample evidence that Fox News, with the complicity of top executives, enabled the abuse of women for many years then silenced them with non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement clauses". In her lawsuit, Bernstein pushed back against O'Reilly's narrative.

The suit also said that Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox falsely said in the story that there had never been any harassment complaints made against O'Reilly on a company hot line.

Bernstein says the statement was false.