O'Reilly says he was one of many accused at Fox

Peter Castro
October 23, 2017

21st Century Fox and O'Reilly reached a four-year contract extension worth $25 million in February.

The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed O'Reilly's contract after he reached a $32 million settlement with the analyst, Lis Wiehl.

Ms. Wiehl agreed to destroy all communications between her and Mr. O'Reilly and eventually signed an affidavit dated January 17 retracting the allegations and promising not to sue, the report said.

The contract was signed even though executives at 21st Century Fox were aware of complaints against O'Reilly by Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl, the Times reported.

The Fox spokesman also explained that new conditions were placed in O'Reilly's contract that said the company could dismiss him should new or additional information surface regarding the sexual misconduct allegations. Harassment settlements involving O'Reilly that have become publicly known total about $45 million. He died less than a year later this past at the age of 77.

However, O'Reilly refused to specifically comment on Wiehl.

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Six days after Fox's general counsel, according to the email, informed the Murdochs that details of the January settlement were expected to become public, O'Reilly was sacked.

"Mr. Fabiani addresses everything but what the story actually says".

Mark Fabiani, O'Reilly's representative, issued a statement on his behalf Saturday saying that once again the Times has "maliciously smeared" the former Fox news host and failed to print a sworn affidavit from Wiehl, who was described as O'Reilly's former lawyer, "repudiating all allegations against" O'Reilly.

Mr. O'Reilly told The New York Times that he had been receiving threatening messages during his time at Fox News and was forwarding some of the material to Ms. Wiehl since she was one of his attorneys, according to the report.

He made suggestive remarks to her on the air for years afterward, such as recommending that she dance at a strip club, and her other complains against O'Reilly "included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter", the Times reports. "21st Century Fox has taken concerted action to transform Fox News, including installing new leaders, overhauling management and on-air talent, expanding training, and increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination". "These changes come from the top, with Lachlan and James Murdoch personally leading the effort to promote civility and respect on the job, while maintaining the company's long-held commitment to a diverse, inclusive and creative workplace".

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