Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly lost custody of his two children following a New York appeals court ruling last week. The court’s Feb. 24 ruling upheld a Nassau County Supreme Court decision granting full custody of the kids, a 12-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl to Maureen McPhilmy, to the host’s ex-wife.
O’Reilly and McPhilmy divorced in 2011 and the custody battle has been ongoing ever since.
The court’s four justices unanimously ruled in McPhilmy’s favor based upon “the clearly stated preferences of the children,” Gawker reports.
Viewing the totality of the circumstances, there is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody. Particularly relevant in this case are the clearly stated preferences of the children, especially considering their age and maturity, and the quality of the home environment provided by the mother[.]
“There is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody,” the ruling says, according to The Wrap.
Even though the judgment awards full-time custody to McPhilmy, O’Reilly is however, granted a share of legal custody, allowing him equal say in material matters concerning the children.
Last May, Gawker published court documents revealing that the Fox host’s daughter witnessed her father drag his wife, Maureen McPhilmy, down a staircase by her neck. O’Reilly denied the accusations even though it was on record.
At that time, Gawker reported:
The documents, which record testimony given last year, confirm that the ex-couple’s teenage daughter told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she witnessed O’Reilly “choking her mom” as he “dragged her down some stairs” by the neck. The same transcripts also reveal that O’Reilly—who famously settled a lurid sexual harassment claim from one of his young female producers—told his daughter that her mother is an “adulterer”; that he struggles to control his rage around his family; and that his daughter regards him as an absentee father….
In response, O’Reilly said through his attorney, “I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.”
The most recent transcripts reveal that O’Reilly told his daughter that her mother is an “adulterer”; that he struggles to control his rage around his family; and that his daughter regards him as an absentee father.
We’ve seen the host display his lack of impulse control on television before.
Nither the attorneys for McPhilmy or O’Reilly have commented on the ruling. It also appears to discourage O’Reilly from pursuing any further appeals and indicates that the Fox host must pay his ex-wife’s attorney fees.
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