Fox News' Former Host Juliet Huddy Settles Sexual Harassment Accusation over Bill O'Reiley!
It wasn’t the first time when Bill O’Reilly was accused of sexual harassment, and it sure isn’t his first settled Sexual Harassment allegations. Well, this time the claims were made by former Fox anchor, Juliet Huddy. The case is solved, and it seems Juliet Huddy is not the name Bill O’Reilly wishes to hear currently.
In the weeks after Roger Ailes was toppled as the chairman of Fox News in July following a sexual harassment scandal, company executives of Fox News secretly struck an agreement with a longtime broadcast personality, Juliet Huddy who had come forward with similar accusations against the network’s top host, Bill O’Reilly.
For journalists who still can't figure this out: I AM NOT ROGER AILES' GODDAUGHTER. How many times can I say this??? Good grief.— Juliet Huddy (@JulietHuddyTV) January 10, 2017
The New York Times reported on January 10, 2017, that it had obtained a draft of a letter written by Huddy’s lawyers and the letter was sent to the network detailing O’Reilly’s repeated advances. One of the leading world newspaper also spoke with current and former Fox News employees and said that Huddy was “paid in the high six figures” to remain silent and not file a lawsuit against O’Reilly although she left the company in September.
According to the letter received in Ms. Huddy’s case, lawyers of Ms. Huddy said that O’Reilly began harassing her sexually in 2011. She started her career at Fox News as a reporter based in Miami in 1998 and went on to be a host of a syndicated morning show in New York. Apparently, the show was canceled in 2009. In the months after the show was canceled, Ms. Huddy tried to find a landing place on the network and also appeared as a guest on Mr. O’Reilly’s show.
Following her guest appearance, Mr. O’Reilly invited Ms. Huddy for lunch near his multimillion-dollar home in Manhasset on Long Island in January of 2011, After lunch, O’Reilly drove her back to his home and showed her every room, including his master bedroom as well as his collection of presidential memorabilia. The letter reads:
“To shock and disgust, as Ms. Huddy was saying goodbye to Mr. O’Reilly, he quickly moved in and kissed her on the lips, Ms. Huddy was so taken aback and repulsed that she instinctively recoiled and actually fell to the ground. Mr. O’Reilly, looking amused, did not even help Ms. Huddy up.”
The incident followed in the Broadway show where O’Reilly tried to make Ms.Huddy more uncomfortable. The harassments followed until 2013.
Representatives for Mr. O’Reilly and Fox News dismissed the false allegations. Irena Briganti, a spokeswoman for Fox News, said in a statement:
“The letter contains substantial falsehoods, which both men have vehemently denied,”
Moreover, Speaking for Mr. O’Reilly, Fredric S. Newman, his lawyer, said,
“There is absolutely no basis for any claim of sexual harassment against Bill O’Reilly by Juliet Huddy.”
On September 7, 2016, Ms. Huddy, who had hosted “Good Day Early Call” on a Fox affiliate, WNYW, went on the station and bid a tearful goodbye.