Former Fox News producer claims O'Reilly broke agreement

Former Fox News producer claims O'Reilly broke agreement

A woman who settled sexual harassment claims against disgraced former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has now sued both him and Fox for allegedly violating their settlement terms by publicly attacking her.

O'Reilly made a statement to The New York Times last April, which triggered Bernstein's lawsuit.

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Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims in her U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY suit Bernstein v. O'Reilly, 17-cv-09483, that she was not the source of information for the April 1 story that appeared in the Times.

Bernstein is being represented by Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith, who represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her 2016 lawsuit against the network's late founder and former chairman, Roger Ailes. He abused Ms. Bernstein.

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"He's gone far beyond that and painted our client in a awful light", lawyer Neil Mullin told WaPo, claiming that O'Reilly violated the 2002 settlement case by implying that Bernstein's claims were politically motivated, Variety reported. Her lawsuit said both O'Reilly and Fox News wrote false statements claiming that no one went to a company hotline to make claims against O'Reilly. In another widely published statement he said, "the worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel". "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

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.

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In a complaint filed Monday in United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, attorneys for Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claim that O'Reilly and Fox News both broke a non-disparagement clause that was part of a 2002 settlement agreement. In October, The Times also reported that the anchor had paid a $32 million settlement to Lis Wiehl, a former federal prosecutor and a legal analyst at the network. O'Reilly screamed at Bernstein in front of other employees, according to the New York Times.

Fox News didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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Bernstein's attorneys said in a statement Monday that she "was not the source for this revelation".

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