Former Fox News producer claims O'Reilly broke agreement

Ruben Ruiz
December 5, 2017

Fox News and Bill O'Reilly have been hit with a lawsuit over press statements made in the wake of a New York Times story revealing the former television star had paid $13 million to five women to settle sexual harassment claims. Unlike the other settlements made by O'Reilly and Fox News, Bernstein's complaint did not involve sexual harassment.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Bernstein said O'Reilly and Fox News broke their nondisclosure agreement in remarks to the New York Times.

"In fact", states the complaint, "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 statement above". O'Reilly's attorney and Fox News could not immediately be reached for comment. In a September interview with former Today host Matt Lauer, O'Reilly denied any wrongdoing, indicating that the six lawsuits were settled, at the high price of $45 million, to avoid a more expensive trial.

That line, and in addition other open proclamations, spoke to a break of his settlement manage Bernstein, she claims in Manhattan Federal Court.

Bernstein says in her suit she was not a hotspot for investigative stories on O'Reilly's conduct. "She was forced out of her job al Fox News and paid a settlement because of his mistreatment", it declares.

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She went to HR and other organization administrators to gripe about him a few times.

Neither reps for FNC nor O'Reilly replied to request for comment on the suit. "Others at Fox confirmed Ms. Bernstein's complaints". "This is false. In fact, he is a serial abuser and Ms. Bernstein's complaints about him were far from extortionate". "They should release all victims from their NDS and let the truth out".

Citing harm to Bernstein's reputation, "severe emotional distress, physical sickness, and loss of income", the complaint drills into the specific violations that it alleges both O'Reilly and FNC committed.

Bernstein argued that all this violates the non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses in her settlement. Mullin's law firm, Smith Mullin, also represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who alleged she was harassed by the late Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

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