O'Reilly, Fox Face Breach of Contract Claims Over Outing of Accuser

Bill O'Reilly Sued by Allegedly Abused Employee You Talked Trash On Me

Fox News and former network anchor Bill O'Reilly are being sued by a woman claiming O'Reilly defamed her and breached their settlement agreement over her prior claims of workplace mistreatment.

Bernstein alleges that O'Reilly had defended the payouts in the New York Times and other publications by portraying her as a "liar and politically motivated extortionist".

"Knowing Ms. Bernstein and Mr. O'Reilly's other victims are afraid to speak out because he and Fox forced them to sign nondisclosure agreements, O'Reilly and Fox have made false and disparaging claims", Mr. Mullin said in a statement.

Once a junior producer at Fox News and now working at Conan O'Brien's production company, Bernstein is suing for breach of contract and defamation.

The New York Times first reported on Bernstein's settlement with O'Reilly earlier this year. "Fox News took no action to protect plaintiff from O'Reilly".

Bernstein's attorneys said in a statement Monday that she "was not the source for this revelation". Her claim was, rather, workplace mistreatment by the former Fox News host.

She went to HR and other organization administrators to gripe about him a few times.

"Fox News has been aware of complaints about inappropriate behavior by Mr. O'Reilly since at least 2002, when Mr. O'Reilly stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident. There is ample evidence that Fox News, with the complicity of top executives, enabled the abuse of women for many years then silenced them with non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement clauses".

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

The story and others would cause O'Reilly to lose his job, but not before he commented, "Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity". Fox News also released a statement in response to the April 1 story, reiterating a claim by O'Reilly that "no one has ever filed a complaint about me" with the company's human resources department.

Subsequent statements by O'Reilly are alleged to have violated the nondisparagement clause, according to Bernstein.

Bernstein says the statement was false.

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