Bill O'Reilly, Fox News sued by woman who settled harassment complaint

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Back in April, O'Reilly said to The New York Times: "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".

Since his ouster from Fox News earlier this year, O'Reilly has cast himself as the "victim" of person attacks and attempted to dispute the credibility of several women who accused him of harassment.

Her financial settlement with Fox News required both sides not to disparage the other and only say the matter had been resolved. According to Bernstein's lawsuit, there was no hotline at the time, and she in fact told others at the network about the mistreatment. The woman, Rachel Bernstein, was a junior producer when the incident occurred.

At least one other settlement has since been reached involving O'Reilly and allegations of sexual harassment.

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A prior version of this story erroneously stated the female accuser claimed O'Reilly sexually harassed her.

O'Reilly would make other comments including to The Hollywood Reporter, which is cited in today's lawsuit.

"O'Reilly portrayed himself as a "target" and claimed that complaints against him are extortionate", the lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY said, according to The Times.

O'Reilly was sacked on April 19 from Fox News after a 20-year run at the cable network.

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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. The paper did not disclose the details of her settlement with O'Reilly.

"This is false. In fact, he is a serial abuser and Ms. Bernstein's complaints about him were far from extortionate".

O'Reilly, who lost his job at Fox because of harassment claims, has emphatically denied wrongdoing.

O'Reilly and spokesman Mark Fabiani did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment. Bernstein refuted the existence of the hotline, her lawyer characterized Fox's claim as a "cynical falsehood about a nonexistent hotline" that was invented "to bolster O'Reilly's claim that the women who received settlements must have fabricated their claims or they would have complained".

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