Former Fox News fixture Bill O’Reilly, who left the channel last year, was sued for defamation by a former co-worker, TMZ reports.
“Former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue is suing Bill for comments he made after Fox News paid settlements to 5 women … including Laurie, who reportedly got over $1 million,” TMZ reports. “In her suit, Laurie takes umbrage with Bill’s statement that he was fired over ‘completely unfounded claims.'”
The report adds: “Further, she says his claim, during a Matt Lauer interview, that he ‘never mistreated anyone on [his] watch in 42 years’ is not only a lie … it’s also damaging her career. As she puts it, no one’s going to hire a journalist who’s been labeled a liar.”
The report notes that Rachel Bernstein, a former junior producer at Fox, filed a similar suit against O’Reilly in December.