Fox News Quietly Settled Sexual Assault Claim Against Bill O’Reilly

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Conservative media outlet Fox News reportedly settled a sexual harassment case against Bill O’Reilly following Roger Ailes’ departure last summer.

In a letter obtained by the New York Times, former Fox personality Juliet Huddy claimed that the anchor “pursued a sexual relationship with her” in 2011.

“When she rebuffed his advances, he tried to derail her career… He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts.”

Fox News co-president Jack Abernathy also attempted to retaliate against Huddy when she did not want a more intimate relationship with him.

According to sources that were briefed on the agreement that was reached between Huddy and Fox News, Huddy was offered a “high six figures” sum for her silence. However, 21st Century Fox and Bill O’Reilly’s lawyer both dispute the allegations.

News of Huddy’s allegation and settlement with Fox are just the latest in the slew of sexual harassment scandals that have engulfed the network. 21st Century Fox settled with former anchor Gretchen Carlson for $20 million after she launched a series of accusations against the network’s former chairman Roger Ailes in July of 2016. Many more women came forward after Carlson, including anchor Megyn Kelly.

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