Fox Renewed Bill O'Reilly's Contract After $32 Million Harassment Settlement

21st Century Fox Defends Bill O'Reilly Contract Renewal After New Sexual Harassment Settlement

Bill O'Reilly's attorney released a statement Saturday slamming a report in The New York Times that his client reached a $32 million accord with a Fox News analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations before Fox extended his contract for four more years.

The allegations against O'Reilly included "repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material" to a longtime network analyst, according to a New York Times article published on Saturday, October 21.

According to the report, 21st Century Fox nonetheless offered a four-year contract extension worth $25 million to O'Reilly in February of this year - only for the now-former ex-Fox to be ushered out the door in April.

"When the company renewed Bill O'Reilly's contract in February, it knew that a sexual harassment lawsuit had been threatened against him by Lis Wiehl, but was informed by Mr. O'Reilly that he had settled the matter personally, on financial terms that he and Ms. Wiehl had agreed were confidential", the company said in a statement.

Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O'Reilly, this time even failing to print a sworn affidavit from his former lawyer, Lis Wiehl, repudiating all allegations against Bill O'Reilly.

New information is coming out about the ousting of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News earlier this year, and it certainly does not paint a good look for the network. Company officials said they would have renewed O'Reilly's contract whether Kelly had stayed or not.

Ms. Wiehl agreed to destroy all communications between her and Mr. O'Reilly and eventually signed an affidavit dated January 17 retracting the allegations and promising not to sue, the report said.

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O'Reilly denied the allegations to the New York Times.

About a similar time, the O'Reilly settlements emerged as an issue in 21st Century Fox's endeavor to purchase the European satellite organization Sky.

The allegations brought by Wiehl against O'Reilly were settled in a stunningly short period of time time - just 15 days.

The commentator was forced to resign in April after a string of smaller settlements was reported by the Times and advertisers pulled out of his programme.

As other accusations swirled around FNC before, during and since, O'Reilly was finally canned after it was revealed that over $10 million had been paid out to settle other sexual harassment claims against him.

In January, the detailing appears, Rupert Murdoch and his children, Lachlan and James, the best officials at 21st Century Fox, made a business computation to remain by Mr. O'Reilly notwithstanding his latest, and conceivably most hazardous, harassment question. Fox News paid the other three.

The Murdochs subsequently booted Fox News' president Bill Shine, who succeeded Ailes.

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