Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly had much more serious sexual harassment charges launched against him than was previously made public, The New York Times has reported.
Scrambling to hold on to news anchor Bill O’Reilly after losing Megyn Kelly to NBC, Fox News executives renewed a four-year contract worth $25 million annually with O’Reilly, despite knowing that he had just settled new sexual harassment allegations for a whopping $32 million.
According to a new report released Saturday by The New York Times, O’Reilly reached the $32 million settlement agreement in January 2017, and 21st Century Fox granted him a four-year extension of his contract with them in February.
In April, news of previously sexual harassment charges against O’Reilly became public, in which he had paid about $13 million in total settlements, and Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, finally ousted O’Reilly from the network.
News of the larger and more recent settlement had not yet become public, which the New York Times now reports included allegations by a woman of repeated harassment, a non-consensual sexual relationship, and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her.
“Interviews with people familiar with the settlement, and documents obtained by The New York Times, show how the company tried and ultimately failed to contain the second wave of a sexual harassment crisis that initially burst into public view the previous summer and cost the Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, and eventually Mr. O’Reilly, their jobs,” the New York Times reported.
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