Fox News seems to have a tendency toward hiring men who like to sexually harass their female coworkers. What does one expect after years of Roger Ailes at the helm, really?
It came as little surprise, then, that sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Bill O’Reilly, who has also been accused of domestic violence by his own daughter, of whom he has since lost custody due to those claims. A man who has no qualms about beating his wife surely wouldn’t mind making female coworkers miserably uncomfortable by harassing them, right?
As The New York Times reported on Tuesday after receiving a copy of the letter submitted to the courts by O’Reilly’s victim, the details of which have been kept hidden for over a year. Those sexual harassment claims came from a female employee of Fox News in the wake of the allegations against Ailes, for which Ailes has since been ousted.
‘The employee, Juliet Huddy, had said that Mr. O’Reilly pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011, at a time he exerted significant influence over her career. When she rebuffed his advances, he tried to derail her career…The letter includes allegations that Mr. O’Reilly had called Ms. Huddy repeatedly and that it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating. He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts, according to the letter.’
Instead of ousting O’Reilly along with his abusive and misogynistic boss, The New York Times has now discovered yet another shocking detail about the claims against O’Reilly. Fox News settled the case against O’Reilly by offering his victim a high six-figure settlement to keep silent and agree not to pursue a lawsuit.
O’Reilly will face no charges for his disgusting behavior, nor will he lose a cent as a result of it, because his bosses at Fox News paid off his victim. It seems Fox executives are far less concerned about protecting their female employees than they are with making money, even if the source of that money is abusive and immoral.
This is the preferred network of those fighting for family values and Christian ideology?
Of course, when a network won’t fire a man for “dragging (his wife) down a staircase by the neck” in front of his children, sexual harassment shouldn’t present much of a problem.
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