Former Fox News producer claims O'Reilly broke agreement

Former Fox News producer claims O'Reilly broke agreement

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.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims in her U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY suit Bernstein v. O'Reilly, 17-cv-09483, that she was not the source of information for the April 1 story that appeared in the Times.

In April, the New York Times reported O'Reilly and fox paid out millions of dollars to five women to settle sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior claims. Unlike the other settlements made by O'Reilly and Fox News, Bernstein's complaint did not involve sexual harassment. He mistreated Ms. Bernstein. None of the others have said anything publicly about their claims.

Bernstein alleges in her suit that she complained repeatedly about O'Reilly's mistreatment of her to the company's human resources department and top Fox News executives, but nothing was done.

Her lawsuit also claims that O'Reilly's statements that no complaints were filed against him are "deliberately misleading". Her story was among those included in the New York Times report, although her suit said she was not the source of the information. In another widely published statement he said, "the worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel".

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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.

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

"A History" author has time and again claimed that the harassment allegations that led to his ouster from the Fox News in April have no merit while adding that he resolved the matters privately just to protect his children. In October, The Times also reported that the anchor had paid a $32 million settlement to Lis Wiehl, a former federal prosecutor and a legal analyst at the network. The article said that the former host "stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident".

O'Reilly's attorney and Fox News could not immediately be reached for comment.

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