Fox will investigate Bill O'Reilly harassment claims, lawyer says

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 20, 2017

The lawyer representing a woman who has accused Fox News star Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment announced on Sunday that Fox News's parent company, 21st Century Fox, has launched an internal investigation into her client's claim.

Fox News also told CNN it "investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters".

"I told them I really appreciate that and let's get going as soon as possible".

Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes resigned from his post in July of 2016 roughly two weeks after former Fox host Gretchen Carlson said in a lawsuit that Ailes sexually harassed her during her time at the network.

Bloom's announcement comes days after she and the accuser, Wendy Walsh, recorded themselves reporting O'Reilly to Fox News' corporate complaint hotline.

Bill O'Reilly, the host of Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" TV show, was recently charged with a sexual harassment case by Wendy Walsh, a guest who used to appear frequently on the talk show.

Baldwin's O'Reilly wanted to "the scandal everyone's been talking about all week", he said.

"Dr. Walsh is not seeking any money", Bloom said. More than 70 advertisers have also pulled their commercials from The O'Reilly Factor, citing concerns over the "disturbing allegations". "I met with leaders from China, Egypt and Jordan, Gorsuch was confirmed, the media is saying nice things and no one is talking about Russian Federation", he told the crowd, adding, "What a difference 59 Tomahawk missiles can make".

Bloom told the Los Angeles Times that 21st Century Fox is required by law to look into the claim. Advocacy groups such as the National Organization for Women have called for the dismissal of the combative commentator, who is paid $18 million annually by Fox News.

In fact, there were so few advertisers on last Thursday night's show that it seemed to abruptly end after 45 minutes, giving way to a 15-minute Shepherd Smith report about the Syrian missile strikes.

The allegations resulted in several companies pulling ads from The O'Reilly Factor, though SNL's take on the controversy assured viewers several brands were sticking fast, namely "Dog Cocaine" and a pill described as "Cialis for horses". Those allegations incited a federal investigation of Fox News. Here's a breakdown of scandals surrounding the cable news network.

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