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10/22/2017 6:01 am  #1

Fox gave Bill O'Reilly big contract after $32 million settlement

Fox gave Bill O'Reilly big contract after $32 million settlement

$32 million. Bill O'Reilly paid $32 million to a Fox News colleague who threatened to sue him for alleged sexual misconduct.

The staggering sum -- paid to longtime Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl -- was revealed in a New York Times exposé on Saturday.

The story immediately raised new questions about the ongoing Justice Department investigation into Fox News.
Observers speculated that the revelation could cause further trouble for Fox's parent company 21st Century Fox. British regulators said scandals in the U.S. have already threatened its attempt to acquire the European satellite network Sky.

O'Reilly lost his job at Fox in April after The Times revealed the existence of other settlements with women who had accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse.

The $32 million payout to Wiehl is far, far higher than any of the previously known settlements. Two sources confirmed the $32 million figure to CNN on condition of anonymity.

The new Times story comes at a time when O'Reilly is actively seeking a new TV commentary job -- meaning he could be challenging Fox. His camp believes the leaks about the Wiehl settlement might be coming from Fox to hurt him.
"The Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace," O'Reilly's spokesman Mark Fabiani said in a statement on Saturday.

According to the newspaper's report, Wiehl's complaints "included allegations of repeated harassment, a non-consensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her." The story cited "people briefed on the matter."

After the settlement deal was reached, Wiehl signed an affidavit that said she had "no claims against Bill O'Reilly," according to The Times, which viewed the document.
The deal was struck in January, right before O'Reilly and Fox finalized an even bigger deal -- a $25-million-a-year contract renewal.

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

10/22/2017 7:41 am  #2

Re: Fox gave Bill O'Reilly big contract after $32 million settlement

Fox deserves everything that has happened them recently. 

"Do not confuse motion and progress, A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress"

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