Bill O'Reily, Fox News Sued for Disparaging Female Accuser

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A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly alleges in a new suit that he and the network breached their nondisparagement and confidentiality agreements after she was outed in a New York Times story about claims against O'Reilly.

When the New York Times published its story about O'Reilly, the cable news network's parent company responded, "Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly".

O'Reilly was forced out of Fox News in April following a series of revelations about alleged sexual harassment and abuse.

Bernstein is being represented by Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith, who represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her 2016 lawsuit against the network's late founder and former chairman, Roger Ailes.

Bernstein complained in 2002 that she was mistreated by O'Reilly when she worked for the network, and ultimately reached a settlement agreement with the network. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility.

Rachel Bernstein, who was a junior producer at FOX News, claims she settled a lawsuit in 2002 for an undisclosed amount.

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The complaint, filed in NY federal court, also addresses statements from Fox News this past April.

Bernstein was one of the five women mentioned in the Times story in April, which prompted dozens of advertisers to flee O'Reilly's top-rated Fox show and the network to eventually fire him. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

The lawsuit, filed in NY federal court, accuses O'Reilly and Fox News of defamation and breach of contract stemming from a 2002 settlement between them and former Fox News producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein.

Bernstein's attorneys said in a statement Monday that she "was not the source for this revelation".

A spokeswoman for Fox News could not be reached for comment.

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