People might remember Fox legal analyst Lis Weihl, a Democrat who was a regular on Fox News for 15 years. She appeared frequently on the O’Reilly Factor. Ms. Wiehl is also the recipient of a $32 million settlement from Bill O’Reilly.
The New York Times reports that six months after Fox News ousted Roger Ailes, their top-rated host Bill O’Reilly struck a $32 million agreement with Ms. Wiehl over her sexual harassment claims. If the allegations became public, they would not only embarrass Mr. O’Reilly and harm his career, but could jeopardize his yearslong custody battle with his ex-wife.
The Times report comes from two unnamed sources who were “briefed” by someone in the matter.
In an interview on Wednesday, the Times reported, Mr. O’Reilly, at times combative and defiant, said there was no merit to any of the allegations against him. “I never mistreated anyone,” he said, adding that he had resolved matters privately because he wanted to protect his children from the publicity.”
“It’s politically and financially motivated,” he said of the public outcry over the allegations against him, “and we can prove it with shocking information, but I’m not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it.”
He declined to specifically address questions about the settlement with Ms. Wiehl or any others.
In response to questions about why he sent sexually explicit material to Ms. Wiehl, Mr. O’Reilly said that during his time at the network, he had been sent threatening messages almost every day, including some that had obscene material. To deal with this problem, Mr. O’Reilly said, he set up a system in which the material would be forwarded to his lawyers so they could evaluate whether he needed to take any legal action. Mr. O’Reilly said Ms. Wiehl was among those lawyers.
The Times said that Mr. O’Reilly’s lawyer, Fredric S. Newman, described his client’s relationship with Ms. Wiehl as an 18-year friendship in which she at times gave him legal advice.
Asked about the allegation of a nonconsensual sexual relationship, a representative for Mr. O’Reilly, Mark Fabiani, said that 21st Century Fox was “well aware” Ms. Wiehl had signed a sworn affidavit “renouncing all allegations against him,” adding that after receiving the document Fox News offered Mr. O’Reilly “a record breaking contract.”
The allegations by Ms. Wiehl included “repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her,” the Times reported.
What is a nonconsensual sexual relationship? If it isn’t rape, what is it?
Charles Payne admitted to having an affair with an unpaid commenter named Scottie Nell Hughes and she is suing him for rape because she claimed their three-year long affair was carried out so she could get a paid position on the network. She also said the network raped her. But her case sounds like a case of sleeping one’s way to the top though we don’t know all the details yet.
We also don’t know what Ms. Wiehl means.
We removed some of this story but you can go to the NY Times if you want to read it. We need more evidence before we will believe it. We want a definition of nonconsensual sex before we repeat any more crap from that rag.