Attorney Lisa Bloom says that attorneys for Fox News promised they will investigate host Bill O’Reilly for alleged sexual harassment.
This announcement happened on Sunday’s episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources. She showed video of her and client Wendy Walsh calling a Fox News human resources hotline. Walsh, a former Fox News guest, says O’Reilly rescinded a promise to make her a contributor after she rebuffed him.
“On Friday, we received a return phone call from a couple of attorneys who represent Fox News,” Bloom said. “And they said that they are indeed going to do an investigation based on Wendy’s complaint.”
Bloom also suggested more women will step forward with claims against O’Reilly.
Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, told LawNewz.com on Sunday that they’re working with a firm that specializes in corporate issues.
“21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters,” they said in a statement.
This is all part of continued fallout from a New York Times report that over a 14-year period, O’Reilly and Fox News settled with five women who accused the host of sexual harassment and other bad behavior. As part of a lawsuit against the network and former CEO Riles Ailes, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros also claims O’Reilly harassed her.
He and 21st Century Fox have publicly denied all allegations.
Update – April 9, 6:29 p.m.: Updated with a response from 21st Century Fox.
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