Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Accused of Sexual HarassmentAh. Lawsuits DO come in handy, don't they, Bill?
Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, the nation's top-rated cable news host and an insistent advocate for personal responsibility and self-control, was accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a producer on his show who says O'Reilly repeatedly pressured her to engage in phone sex and frightened her with lewd "monologues."
The suit, filed in New York by Andrea Mackris, a 33-year-old associate producer on "The O'Reilly Factor," quotes O'Reilly as speaking to her in highly explicit terms about vibrators, oral sex, masturbation and a fantasy involving a Caribbean hotel room shower.
It also quotes O'Reilly as threatening "any woman" who complained about his advances, and as suggesting that Fox News chief Roger Ailes would "go after" enemies of the channel.
"Look at Al Franken - one day he's going to get a knock on his door and life as he's known it will change forever," the suit quotes O'Reilly as saying.
Franken, a liberal commentator, has been engaged for months in a public feud with O'Reilly. Franken did not respond to calls seeking comment.
The suit names O'Reilly and several other defendants, including Fox's parent, News Corp., and Westwood One Inc., the syndicator of O'Reilly's radio show.
Before the suit was made public, O'Reilly and Fox News filed their own claim in New York Supreme Court against Mackris and her attorney, Benedict Morelli, accusing them of trying to extort $60 million from him.
"Enough is enough," O'Reilly said in a statement. "I will not give in to extortion."
Wednesday, October 13
SHUT UP! Just SHUT UP!
From the same fake tough guys who say there's too much political correctness. That little declaration absolves them from their subhuman behavior. Or so they think. Notice the classic fake tough guy bullshit smack on Al Franken. Fake tough guys. The right's just swimmin' with them.
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 10:59 PM