Fox has called for an investigation into the sexual harassment scandal surrounding the host of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“21st Century Fox has enlisted the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to investigate at least one accusation of sexual harassment against the Fox News host Bill O’Reilly,” The New York Times reported Sunday. “The move is the latest in the response to a New York Times investigation published this month on Mr. O’Reilly’s settlements with five women who complained of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.”
The move reportedly was prompted by a call last week from Wendy Walsh, a former guest on O’Reilly’s show, to 21st Century Fox’s anonymous hotline.
The company said in a statement Sunday: “21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters.”
The Times notes: “Paul Weiss is the same law firm that conducted an internal investigation into Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman. 21st Century Fox executives decided to dismiss Mr. Ailes after the lawyers took statements from at least six women who described inappropriate behavior by him.”
The report adds: “In a statement, Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Mr. O’Reilly, said the law firm was ‘already retained by the company to look into all hotline calls,’ adding that there was ‘nothing special’ about the handling of this case.”