Bill O'Reilly sued for defamation by one of his accusers

Bill O'Reilly sued for defamation by one of his accusers

That line, and in addition other open proclamations, spoke to a break of his settlement manage Bernstein, she claims in Manhattan Federal Court. As the New York Times explains, these types of settlements typically include iron-clad confidentiality and nondisparagement clauses.

The New York Times reports that O'Reilly accuser Rachel Witlieb Bernstein has filed a lawsuit after both O'Reilly and the network publicly "portrayed her as a liar and politically motivated extortionist". Bernstein alleges that Fox News, through its parent company, 21st Century Fox, falsely told The Times that it had received no complaints to an anonymous company hotline because, she contends, there wasn't a hotline while she was employed there in 2002.

Mr. O'Reilly has repeatedly said that the harassment allegations that led to his ouster from Fox News in April have no merit, that he never mistreated anyone and that he resolved the matters privately to protect his children.

The complaint, filed in NY federal court, also addresses statements from Fox News this past April. According to the Times, Bernstein's suit did not, unlike some of the other claims against O'Reilly, involve sexual harassment.

One of the lawyers, Neil Mullin, said O'Reilly and the network violated a non-disparagement clause in their 2002 settlement agreement with Bernstein, which stated that if asked about the case, they should simply say "the matter has been settled". The article said that the former host "stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident".

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Fox News also released a statement in response to the April 1 story, reiterating a claim by O'Reilly that "no one has ever filed a complaint about me" with the company's human resources department.

Bernstein's attorneys said in a statement Monday that she "was not the source for this revelation". She was constrained out of her activity at Fox News and paid a settlement in light of his abuse.

O'Reilly and spokesman Mark Fabiani did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

Bernstein's suit claims emotional distress as well as reputational and financial harm.

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