Former Employee Sues Bill O’Reilly – ‘Serial Abuser’

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is once again facing a lawsuit by a former employee.

Rachel Bernstein, who worked as a junior producer at Fox News, is suing both O’Reilly and Fox for breach of contract, according to a report by TMZ.

The current lawsuit stems from a previous settlement made after Bernstein sued O’Reilly for harassment back in 2002 — the former producer had claimed at the time that O’Reilly was abusive to her.

According to the settlement — which was made at an undisclosed amount — neither O’Reilly nor Fox are permitted to besmirch Bernstein in any way.

However, Bernstein claims O’Reilly broke this non-disparagement clause when the former FNC host issued a statement to The New York Times earlier this year.

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In April, The Times released a bombshell article regarding the numerous sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly, with settlements totaling around $13 million. Bernstein was among the five women featured in the article.

Fallout from the report ultimately led to O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News.

In a statement, O’Reilly defended his work conduct by saying, “In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.”

This triggered Bernstein’s current lawsuit because, according to her, the statement is completely false.

The former employee argues that she had repeatedly complained to HR and other Fox executives about O’Reilly’s behavior.

O’Reilly also stated to The Times that he is “vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity.”

Bernstein argues this statement insinuates extortion — an insinuation she vehemently denies — and referred to her former employer as a “serial abuser.”

The complaint was filed Monday in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, according to CNN.

Interestingly enough, representing Bernstein are Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith — two lawyers who represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson during her 2016 lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the network’s founder and former chairman.

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“Knowing Ms. Bernstein and O’Reilly’s other victims are afraid to speak out because he and Fox forced them to sign non-disclosure agreements, O’Reilly and Fox have made false and disparaging claims,” Mullin stated.

“They should release all victims from their NDAs and let the truth out. It is cowardly to publicly attack these women knowing they have been subjected to contractual provisions requiring absolute silence.”

Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes paved the way for a string of other sexual misconduct accusations by Fox employees that have plagued the news network.

An attorney for O’Reilly, Frederic S. Newman, said in a statement that the lawsuit “has absolutely no merit.”

This post was last modified on December 5, 2017 4:12 pm