Cable news host Bill O’Reilly was forced from Fox News on Wednesday after The New York Times reported that Fox had paid $13 million in settlements to five woman who's complained of his inappropriate behavior. In the past two weeks, more than 50 companies said they would stop running ads during his show, essentially forcing the media company’s hand.
The allegations against O’Reilly go beyond the five women who settled; eight women in total have told the Times that The O’Reilly Factor host sexually harassed or otherwise behaved inappropriately with them.
This includes one woman, Jehmu Greene, who first went on the record about her allegations on Wednesday, after she said she contacted a network executive about her claims and received no response.
Greene claims O’Reilly told her she should show more cleavage in the makeup room, and commented about being “interested in breaking [her] back.”
Another Fox employee, Juliet Huddy, received a six-figure payout from Fox after she claimed O’Reilly had tried to pursue a relationship with her and threatened to ruin her career after she refused him.
Huddy claimed O’Reilly called her repeatedly, sometimes sounding as if he was masturbating. He allegedly tried to kiss her, greeted her while wearing boxing shorts, and invited her repeatedly on romantic excursions.
A regular former guest on the Factor, Wendy Walsh, said that, after she rebuffed a sexual advance from him, he did not follow through on a verbal job offer.
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros also claimed in a lawsuit that O’Reilly pursued her sexually, despite her refusals.
Junior producer Rachel Witlieb, however, did not claim sexual harassment by O’Reilly; instead, she accused him of viciously verbally berating her in front of the newsroom. Witlieb received a settlement for these claims in 2002.
Two years later, a producer for the Factor, Andrea Mackris, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him that alleged he called her while sounding as though he was masturbating, described sexual fantasies he had with her, and told her to buy a vibrator.
He also said that if she went public with her claims, she would “pay so dearly that she’ll wish she’d never been born,” according to the Times. When she sued him, he said “This is the single most evil thing I have ever experienced, and I have seen a lot.” She settled for about $9 million.
Mackris recorded some of the inappropriate phone calls O’Reilly made to her, as did Fox Business Network host Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who presented her case straight to the company. She settled quietly, bound by a confidentiality agreement.
Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue also settled quietly with the company about her sexual harassment claims, garnering a settlement of over $1 million.
O’Reilly continues to deny that these eight claims have merit.
“It is tremendously disheartening that [Fox and I] part ways due to completely unfounded claims,” O’Reilly said in a statement yesterday. “But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”