Since the publication Saturday by The New York Times of an article revealing that Bill O’Reilly reached a $32 million settlement over sexual harassment allegations just before being signed to a four-year contract extension by Fox News, O’Reilly has been on the attack and on the defensive, engaged in a war of words with Megyn Kelly and others, as we reported Monday.
Over the weekend, the O’Reilly camp published a response on billoreilly.com under the headline: “Statement by Mark Fabiani on Behalf of Bill O’Reilly Relating to the New York Times Smear Piece.”
Fabiani is a spokesman for O’Reilly.
Here’s the text of the statement, published Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017:
“Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O’Reilly, this time even failing to print a sworn affidavit from his former lawyer, Lis Wiehl, repudiating all allegations against Bill O’Reilly. The Times ignored that evidence, sworn under oath, and chose to rely on unsubstantiated allegations, anonymous sources and incomplete leaked or stolen documents.
“Here are the facts: after the Chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes was fired in July 2016, dozens of women accused scores of male employees of Fox News of harassment – including the current co-president of Fox News Jack Abernathy.
“21st Century Fox settled almost all these cases, paying out close to $100 million dollars. Six months after Mr. Ailes left the company, Fox News Corporation signed Bill O’Reilly to a record breaking new contract after the company had analyzed and considered all allegations against him.
“In its first article about Mr. O’Reilly on April 1st, The New York Times printed inaccurate settlement figures while fully understanding that O’Reilly and his counsel are legally bound by confidentiality and cannot set the record straight.
“In its latest diatribe against Bill O’Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O’Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace.
“Finally, in the more than 20 years Bill O’Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline. The New York Times has copies of two letters written by 21st Century Fox lawyers attesting to that fact.
“The Times failed to print them, too.”