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Ever since the very public descent of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, the network has been the target of a number of lawsuits.

Gretchen Carlson and Andrea Tantaros both filed suits against Ailes, but it didn't end there.

In the months that followed, complaints against other employees bubbled to the surface.

Allegations of racist comments on the part of Fox comptroller Judy Slater were investigated — and she was terminated — but two of her accusers filed suit against Fox anyway, saying that the network knew Slater was a problem but allowed her to continue working there.

On April 1, the New York Times reported that long time Fox News primetime host Bill O'Reilly had also been named as a defendant in five settlements alleging harassment and inappropriate behavior — and two of those were settled after Roger Ailes left Fox.

From the New York Times:

The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews.

The reporting suggests a pattern: As an influential figure in the newsroom, Mr. O’Reilly would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally. He then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.

The New York Times reported that two of the settlements had been previously made public, but three had not — and that all but one involved sexual harassment. That one alleged that O'Reilly had verbally abused her in front of colleagues.

In addition to noting accusations from former regular guest Wendy Walsh, the New York Times reported that Andrea Tantaros had named O'Reilly in her 2016 suit against Ailes.

O'Reilly claims that none of the suits have merit — and thus far, Fox has stood by him. O'Reilly gave a public statement via his website on April 1:

Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

But most importantly, I'm a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.

According to Variety, O'Reilly's attorney Fredric S. Newman gave an additional statement to the New York Times: “We are now seriously considering legal action to defend Mr. O’Reilly’s reputation.”

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Big Frank(16 likes)Verbal abuse from Bill O'Reilly? Noooooo! Say it isn't so. 
IntegrityImportant(16 likes)The only question I have is that one person filed a suit against O'Reilly for "verbally abusing her in front of colleagues." Is that a viable reason to file suit? If so, I know lots of employees who missed out as I've worked places where there was "verbal abuse" against staff, staff I might add who never knew that they could have sued for such a reason!! Verbal abuse, while vile, is a long, long way from sexual harrassment. I do hope we sort all this out because it's gotten to the point it's risky to hug a young child and clowns while performing have to stand back from young children. There are jerky men in the world for sure but I'm just saying there should be standards so that we don't see wrong deeds everywhere. What is considered sexual harrassment to one woman might be considered flirtatious by another woman. No doubt there is pushback against Fox by a lot of people who have never bothered to watch. It's all part of today's liberal "agree with us or you're totally wrong and don't deserve to be heard" approach to life. Obviously those people wouldn't watch Fox though they are quick to criticize. As to O'Reilly, rather than settle, perhaps he should let the courts decide because as I recall, once then candidate Trump said he intended to file suit against all the women accusing him at that time, they immediately stopped crawling out of their rabbit holes. 
@One2Stupid(12 likes)The Democrat Party is the party of Bill Clinton. During the time of numerous sexual allegations against him, the left answered. "It's only sex". Why the double standard?