Accuser Sues Bill O'Reilly For Defamation

Accuser Sues Bill O'Reilly For Defamation

Accuser Sues Bill O'Reilly For Defamation

One of the women who reached a silent settlement with Bill O'Reilly over harassment charges sued the fallen pundit and his former employer, Fox News, on Monday for defamation and breach of contract.

A former Fox employee who reached a settlement with Bill O'Reilly in 2002 says he smeared her as a liar, breaking their deal.

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As a result of the statements made by O'Reilly and the Fox News, Bernstein stated that she suffered reputational harm, emotional distress, physical sickness and loss of income, states the suit.

The Times reported in April that O'Reilly and Fox News paid out millions of dollars to five women to settle harassment claims.

"Fox News has been aware of complaints about inappropriate behavior by Mr. O'Reilly since at least 2002, when Mr. O'Reilly stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident". According to Bernstein's lawsuit, there was no hotline at the time, and she in fact told others at the network about the mistreatment.

"In fact, Mr. O'Reilly is the liar", claims Bernstein's lawsuit.

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"This cynical falsehood about a non-existent hotline was made to bolster O'Reilly's claim that the women who received settlements must have fabricated their claims or they would have complained", said Smith Mullin name attorney Nancy Smith, Bernstein's counsel. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

In the suit, Rachel Bernstein says she was not the source of details cited in New York Times' infamous story about O'Reilly's and the network's $13 million of settlement to various women in which specific details of her dispute with O'Reilly were covered.

O'Reilly was sacked on April 19 from Fox News after a 20-year run at the cable network. The Times notes that Bernstein did not accuse O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

Bernstein said there was no hot line in existence at the time of her employment.

O'Reilly and spokesman Mark Fabiani did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment. "She was forced out of her job at Fox News and paid a settlement because of the mistreatment".

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