Bill O'Reilly sued by former Fox News producer for defamation

TV host Bill O’Reilly | AP

One of the women who reached a silent settlement with Bill O'Reilly over harassment charges sued the fallen pundit and his former employer, Fox News, on Monday for defamation and breach of contract.

Berstein's attorney filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY against O'Reilly and Fox News for breach of contract and defamation.

Now, Rachel Bernstein is taking objection to these comments with a complaint that cites the non-disparagement clause of the settlement agreement she had with O'Reilly in 2002. The April 1 story recounted how the anchor and network had paid $13 million in settlements over the years to her and other women who had complained that O'Reilly had abused or sexually harassed them during their employment.

"Fox News has been aware of complaints about inappropriate behavior by Mr. O'Reilly since at least 2002, when Mr. O'Reilly stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident". He mistreated Ms. Bernstein.

Bill O'Reilly settled with six women over harassment allegations, and one of them says she hasn't said a word-until now.

That line, as well as other public statements, represented a breach of his settlement deal with Bernstein, she alleges in Manhattan Federal Court.


"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.

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

In the lawsuit, Bernstein said remarks that both O'Reilly and Fox News made in response to a New York Times article in April about how the network protected O'Reilly violated the terms of the confidentiality agreement that all sides agreed on.

Subsequent statements by O'Reilly are alleged to have violated the nondisparagement clause, according to Bernstein. She was forced out of her job at Fox News and paid a settlement because of his mistreatment.

O'Reilly's attorney and Fox News could not immediately be reached for comment.

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