Television host, author, and political commentator Bill O’Reilly is already facing various accusations of sexual harassment during his time at the Fox network. You can now add one more accuser to the list.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, a decade ago an African-American Fox News administrative worker used to be subject to leering looks and unwelcome comments from The O’Reilly Factor host, according to the unnamed accuser’s attorney, Lisa Bloom.
Bloom related to The Hollywood Reporter that O’Reilly “would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar… He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”
While we have no way of knowing the truth of these allegations, Bloom claims to have spoken with three witnesses who confirmed the woman would be upset at the end of the end of the workday. Bloom asserts that her client is not looking for money, “She just wants them to know her story.”
Why did her client wait all these years to come out with her allegations? According to Bloom, her client feared losing her job if she spoke up at the time. Bloom claims “She was afraid if she told him to knock it off she’d get fired… Now that’s she’s aware this is all in the news, she’s decided to phone in a complaint to the Fox News hotline.”
Marc E. Kasowitz, attorney for Bill O’Reilly issued the following statement to CNN: “It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations.”
These could be valid points. The toxic, overheated political environment today has certainly spilled over to the networks and media. Bring down conservative media mega-star Bill O’Reilly would be a major coup for those with a liberal agenda. In addition, although Bloom insists her client is not looking for a payout, it would not be surprising to learn that she receives financial compensation resulting from a settlement or if her case goes to trial.
Again, we don’t know the veracity of this new claim of sexual impropriety leveled at Bill O’Reilly. In cases like this it is not unusual to find people coming out of the woodwork with a claim, genuine or fabricated.
Rocky times indeed for Bill O’Reilly and the Fox network.