Fox, Bill O'Reilly Accused in Court of Defamation

Woman Reportedly Sues Bill O'Reilly and Fox News Over Harassment Settlement

Fox News and former network anchor Bill O'Reilly are being sued by a woman claiming O'Reilly defamed her and breached their settlement agreement over her prior claims of workplace mistreatment.

"This cynical falsehood about a non-existent hotline was made to bolster O'Reilly's claim that the women who received settlements must have fabricated their claims or they would have complained", said Smith Mullin name attorney Nancy Smith, Bernstein's counsel. "But Ms. Bernstein did complain". In it, Bernstein was personally identified as a "young producer" who, in 2002, was allegedly verbally assaulted by O'Reilly in the Fox newsroom. Her story was among those included in the New York Times report, although her suit said she was not the source of the information.

"In fact, Mr. O'Reilly is the liar", the lawsuit reportedly says".

In the lawsuit, Bernstein alleges that O'Reilly violated the clause in April and throughout the remainder of the years by speaking with the Times and other outlets about settlement payouts that he and Fox made over harassment claims.

How much Fox paid Bernstein specifically is not mentioned in the Times article or her lawsuit, just that it was "far less" than the amount Fox paid to settle other women's sexual-harassment claims against O'Reilly. Some background: As the New York Times reported in a career-killing April 1 article, O'Reilly, along with his employer, had settled several cases with female colleagues alleging mistreatment and sexual harassment over a 20-year career at Fox News.

The complaint says that Witlieb never violated any provision of her 2002 settlement and both O'Reilly and Fox News are jointly liable for the breach of contract.

Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly.

The statements published in the media, notes the complaint, try to paint O'Reilly as a "target" of extortionate claims. Bernstein's allegations did not include sexual harassment, according to the Times.

If Fox News Channel thought it was finally past the wounds of Roger Ailes reign and Bill O'Reilly's behavior at the cable newer, a new lawsuit today kicked that notion to the curb.

Neither reps for FNC nor O'Reilly replied to request for comment on the suit.

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.

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