Bill O'Reilly Settled With Her. Now She's Suing

Bill O'Reilly Settled With Her. Now She's Suing

A woman who entered a confidential settlement agreement with Bill O'Reilly in 2002 while at Fox News charged in a lawsuit Monday that the "serial abuser and coward" smeared her as a liar, breaking the terms of their deal.

Bernstein is being represented by Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith, who represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her 2016 lawsuit against the network's late founder and former chairman, Roger Ailes. The statement by Fox News is deliberately misleading and in breach of Fox's agreement not to disparage Ms. Bernstein. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Bernstein refuted the existence of the hotline, her lawyer characterized Fox's claim as a "cynical falsehood about a nonexistent hotline" that was invented "to bolster O'Reilly's claim that the women who received settlements must have fabricated their claims or they would have complained".

"In fact, Ms. Bernstein repeatedly complained to Fox Human Resources, Bill Shine, and other Fox executives, about Mr. O'Reilly's mistreatment and both defendant Fox News Network LLC and O'Reilly knew that before making the statements above", the complaint says. Both O'Reilly and Fox said that a hotline was in place to anonymously report complaints and that no one had ever called it to complain about O'Reilly.

O'Reilly was sacked on April 19 from Fox News after a 20-year run at the cable network.

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The suit also said that Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox falsely said in the story that there had never been any harassment complaints made against O'Reilly on a company hot line. "The statement by Fox News also violated the Confidentiality Clause in the Agreement". He was the network's top rated personality for most of that time. She was constrained out of her activity at Fox News and paid a settlement in light of his abuse. O'Reilly screamed at Bernstein in front of other employees, according to the New York Times.

The plaintiff said she was not the source for the information printed in the Times story.

O'Reilly was constrained out of Fox News in April following a progression of disclosures about affirmed lewd behavior and manhandle.

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