A woman who settled a harassment claim against Bill O’Reilly filed a lawsuit against the former Fox News host, claiming he violated their settlement by disparaging her in the press.
The lawsuit, filed in New York 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.
Prior to his firing, the New York Times reported that O’Reilly and Fox News had paid five women about $13 million to settle complaints of harassment. In her lawsuit, Bernstein states that she repeatedly complained to HR and Fox executives about O’Reilly’s alleged mistreatment, adding that Fox News did not have a hotline during her employment with the network. “He mistreated Ms. Bernstein. She was forced out of her job at Fox News and paid a settlement because of his mistreatment.”
Bernstein stated that as a result of O’Reilly’s behavior, she has suffered harm to her reputation, severe emotional distress, physical sickness, and loss of income.
Fox News didn’t immediately return a request for comment.