During a CNN segment Wednesday, Rep Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told Anderson Cooper the removal of Bill O’Reilly from Fox News illustrates the network is no longer a “sexual harassment enterprise.”
When asked about Fox’s culture, Waters said, “I consider it was a sexual harassment enterprise there at Fox. The men there, and Roger Ailes, this was a way of life for them.”
“Powerful men with a lot of money who would proposition women, taking advantage of them … they thought that was normal and the way that life should be,” Waters added. “It has only been in recent years that women feel strong enough to come forward. Things have changed.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly’s show “The O’Reilly Factor” was pulled from the Fox News lineup, and the popular primetime host was released from the network after multiple allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.
In March, Waters and O’Reilly were at odds after he joked that he “didn’t hear a word” the congresswomen said during remarks she made on the House floor because he was focused her “James Brown wig.”
Waters concluded her CNN interview by stating, “Thank God it’s stopped now, with Bill O’Reilly at Fox.” She then took to Twitter to express that rich men will one day go to jail for their criminal conduct.
“Regarding the news on O’Reilly, a day will come when rich men won’t be able to buy their way out of criminal conduct & they will go to jail.”
Regarding the news on O’Reilly, a day will come when rich men won’t be able to buy their way out of criminal conduct & they will go to jail.
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) April 20, 2017
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