In a report from Us Weekly, the publication stated that Fox News renewed Bill O’Reilly’s contract when they knew the former news anchor had settled a $32 million agreement regarding sexual harassment allegations just a few months before.
The accusations faced by O’Reilly included things like “repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material” to a network analyst according to a report from the New York Times.
Additionally, Bill faced other settlements valued near $13 million. The new contract had stipulations in place that stated if Bill executed improper conduct for the second time executives would have to let him go from his position at the network.
As you may already know, Fox fired Bill from his job in April of this year after a publicized report of sexual harassment not long after the network’s CEO, Roger Ailes, lost his job due to similar allegations.
Allegations of sexual harassment, intimidate, coercion, and assault have become hot-button issues in the past few months ever since the prolific cases of stars like Jian Ghomeshi, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly.
After an explosive exposé released by the New York Times and The New Yorker, executives at the Weinstein Company fired Harvey from his position and not long after, his wife, Georgina Chapman, left him after a decade of marriage.
However, Harvey released a statement defending himself against the allegations by stating he unequivocally denies all of the accusations.
Additionally, the disgraced producer claimed that The New York Times published defamatory and dishonest material for financial gain. In conclusion, Harvey is currently suing the acclaimed news organization for libel and defamation.