Bill O'Reilly & Fox News Parent Paid $13 Million to Settle Five Harassment Claims
Fox News and Bill O'Reilly have paid more than $13 million to settle harassment lawsuits brought by five women, the New York Times is reporting.
The women were guests or employees of "The O'Reilly Factor," the network's highest-rated program. The accusations of sexual harassment, verbal abuse and lewd behavior span a period between 2012 and 2016.
In a statement to The Times, 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, said while he "denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility."
O'Reilly offered his own statement to The Times as well.
"Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity," he said. "But most importantly, I'm a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children."
O'Reilly earns an estimated $18 million a year, with his show dominating cable news with 4 million total viewers.
Last year, Fox News reached a settlement with former anchor Gretchen Carlson over her claims she was sexually harassed by ex-network chief Roger Ailes. Carlson had filed a suit alleging sexual harassment and wrongful termination, saying she was demoted after she refused Ailes' advances.
Ailes has denied the allegations.