A woman who entered a confidential settlement agreement with Bill O'Reilly in 2002 while at Fox News charged in a lawsuit Monday that the "serial abuser and coward" smeared her as a liar, breaking the terms of their deal.
Bernstein also took issue with a Fox News statement claiming that no employees had ever previously raised complaints to management about O'Reilly's behavior. He abused Ms. Bernstein.
Bernstein's complaint also argues that O'Reilly, depicted himself as a victim, and "claimed that the complaints against him are extortionate".
Bernstein says O'Reilly portrayed her "as a liar" again this past September by telling the Hollywood Reporter "no one was mistreated on my watch".
A woman who settled with television host Bill O'Reilly is now leveling a new lawsuit against him and Fox News. "Others at Fox confirmed Ms. Bernstein's complaints".
How much Fox paid Bernstein specifically is not mentioned in the Times article or her lawsuit, just that it was "far less" than the amount Fox paid to settle other women's sexual-harassment claims against O'Reilly.
In April, O'Reilly was sacked from Fox News, where he worked for 20 years and was the network's star, after a New York Times report revealed the network had paid millions of dollars in settlements over his alleged misbehavior. 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. Newman added, "So today's lawsuit has absolutely no merit, and Mr. O'Reilly will respond aggressively in court".
Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, a previous junior maker at Fox News, is one of six ladies who supposedly went into settlement assentions in the wake of claiming misuse by O'Reilly.
The New York Times reported in April that Bernstein left the network after filing a complaint about him "storming into the newsroom" and yelling at her. There were many witnesses to her mistreatment. As the New York Times explains, these types of settlements typically include iron-clad confidentiality and nondisparagement clauses. "It is cowardly to publicly attack these women knowing they have been subjected to contractual provisions requiring absolute silence".
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O'Reilly allegedly made other, similar comments since then. O'Reilly has maintained his innocence, saying "I never mistreated anyone".
The defendants breached their agreement by making statements other than the agreed-upon statement that were false and defamatory, Bernstein alleges.