21st Century Fox investigates sexual harassment claims against Bill OReilly
11 April 2017 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The parent company of Fox News, 21st Century Fox, started the investigation regarding the sexual harassment claims against Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly is one of the top-rated hosts of the company and one of the accusers called the corporate hotline to report about the sexual harassment she endured from O’Reilly. The woman was identified as Dr. Wendy Walsh, a radio talk show host in Los Angeles. Walsh called the anonymous tip line of 21st Century Fox and recorded the call with them as she detailed the alleged sexual harassment by the host.
The company said in their statement, “21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters.” This is not the first time that the company ordered Paul Weiss to investigate on an allegation. In the past, the same law firm investigated former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who was ousted from the company due to the harassment allegations.
This is, however, the first time such report was made against O’Reilly but other reports surfaced claiming that “The O’Reilly Factor” host paid five women a total of $13 million to settle the allegations against him. After such reports surfaced, more than 70 advertisers pulled their commercials from the show. He has denied the claims made against him.
Walsh claimed that O’Reilly promised to make her a network contributor after a number of guest appearances on his show back in 2013. She then agreed to meet with him at a Bel Air hotel for dinner. However, she declined his invitation to his hotel room and he got very hostile towards her.
Walsh noted she called the anonymous tip hotline because no one ever did. She has not filed any lawsuit against him and has not agreed to any settlement yet. She lives in Venice Beach, California and teaches psychology classes at California State University.
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