According to the New York Times, five women accusing Fox News host Bill O’Reilly of harassment received a total of $13 million for agreeing not to pursue litigation or talk about their accusations.
The women were reportedly paid either by Fox or by O’Reilly himself.
The allegations were made by women who either worked for Fox News host or appeared on his program. The Times noted that complaints included verbal abuse, unwanted advances, lewd comments and indecent phone calls.
The settlements were made over a span of multiple years, with two that were previously known. These include a 2004 case with a producer and 2016 case involving a former on-air personality.
According to the newspaper, the newly uncovered cases involve two sexual harassment claims and one accusation of verbal abuse that involved a young producer.
From The Daily Mail:
In 2004, producer Mackris claimed she was sexually harassed at the hands of her direct supervisor O’Reilly.
O’Reilly took Mackris out to dinner in May 2002 to discuss her future at the company, and praised her work before announcing he was giving her a raise, the lawsuit states.
He also offered advice on how to meet men since the producer had recently broken up with her fiance, the lawsuit stated.
‘Suddenly, without provocation or warning, Defendant Bill O’Reilly said to Plaintiff Andrea Macrkis, “And just use your vibrator to blow off steam,”‘ according to the lawsuit.
The conversation continued with O’Reilly saying he had phone sex with another woman at Fox before suggesting he do the same with her, the lawsuit alleged.
He ended the dinner by winking and telling her, ‘Stick with me and I’ll take care of you,’ the lawsuit stated.
Mackris also accused O’Reilly of suggesting they have a menage-a-trois and regaling her with stories of his sexual encounters, before a telephone call in August 2004.
According to the lawsuit, he told Mackris to buy a vibrator before ‘it became apparent that Defendant was masturbating as he spoke. After he climaxed, Defendant O’Reilly said to the Plaintiff: “I appreciate the fun phone call….”‘
Less than a month later, O’Reilly called her from the Republican National Convention, said he was watching porn, and launched into a monologue about his sexual fantasies of her before he ejaculated, the lawsuit stated.
A similar phone call occurred on September 21, 2004, during which he allegedly told Mackris: ‘Next time you’ll come up to my hotel room and we’ll make this happen.’