Bill O'Reilly sued by former Fox News producer for defamation

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The lawsuit, which has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, states, "Mr. O'Reilly is the liar". While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility.

When the New York Times published its story about O'Reilly, the cable news network's parent company responded, "Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly". Bernstein had complained about abuse, non-sexual in nature, by O'Reilly when she worked at Fox.

She says O'Reilly insinuated she extorted him which she says is a lie, calling the former FNC host a "serial abuser". Unlike the other settlements made by O'Reilly and Fox News, Bernstein's complaint did not involve sexual harassment.

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In the New York Times story, O'Reilly said he paid Bernstein and other women who complained because he's "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity".

Bernstein alleges in her suit that she complained repeatedly about O'Reilly's mistreatment of her to the company's human resources department and top Fox News executives, but nothing was done.

A lawyer for Ms. Bernstein, Neil Mullin, asked that O'Reilly and Fox release all victims from their non-disclosure agreements in order to "let the truth out".

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Neither reps for FNC nor O'Reilly replied to request for comment on the suit.

Citing harm to Bernstein's reputation, "severe emotional distress, physical sickness, and loss of income", the complaint drills into the specific violations that it alleges both O'Reilly and FNC committed. Mullin's law firm, Smith Mullin, also represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who alleged she was harassed by the late Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

She argued that O'Reilly publicly disparaged her after she settled a harassment lawsuit with him in 2002.

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"Defendants Fox and O'Reilly materially breached the Agreement by making statements other than the agreed-upon statement and by issuing false, disparaging and defamatory statements", the 14-page jury trial seeking four count complaint asserts.

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