Bill O'Reilly sued by former Fox News producer for defamation

Bill O'Reilly Sued by Allegedly Abused Employee You Talked Trash On Me

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.

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.

Bernstein also took issue with a Fox News statement claiming that no employees had ever previously raised complaints to management about O'Reilly's behavior.

One of the lawyers, Neil Mullin, said O'Reilly and the network violated a non-disparagement clause in their 2002 settlement agreement with Bernstein, which stated that if asked about the case, they should simply say "the matter has been settled".

O'Reilly was forced out of Fox News in April following a series of revelations about alleged sexual harassment and abuse.




Bernstein alleges in her suit that she complained repeatedly about O'Reilly's mistreatment of her to the company's human resources department and top Fox News executives, but nothing was done.

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 did go to HR and other company executives to complain about him several times. The statement by Fox News is deliberately misleading and in breach of Fox's agreement not to disparage Ms. Bernstein. "They should release all victims from their NDS and let the truth out". She's represented by the same attorneys at Smith Mullin who represented Gretchen Carlson in the retaliation lawsuit against Fox News. "In fact, he is a serial abuser and Ms. Bernstein's complaints about him were far from extortionate".

Citing harm to Bernstein's reputation, "severe emotional distress, physical sickness, and loss of income", the complaint drills into the specific violations that it alleges both O'Reilly and FNC committed. In it, Bernstein was personally identified as a "young producer" who, in 2002, was allegedly verbally assaulted by O'Reilly in the Fox newsroom.

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.

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