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O'Reilly sued by woman who settled harassment claims

05 December 2017

A woman who settled sexual harassment claims against disgraced former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has now sued both him and Fox for allegedly violating their settlement terms by publicly attacking her.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein was a junior producer for the network in 2002.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims in her U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY suit Bernstein v. O'Reilly, 17-cv-09483, that she was not the source of information for the April 1 story that appeared in the Times.

Subsequent statements by O'Reilly are alleged to have violated the nondisparagement clause, according to Bernstein. In her lawsuit, Bernstein pushed back against O'Reilly's narrative. Bernstein took an undisclosed payout in return and she signed a confidentiality agreement.

That line, and in addition other open proclamations, spoke to a break of his settlement manage Bernstein, she claims in Manhattan Federal Court.

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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.

Bernstein complained in 2002 that she was mistreated by O'Reilly when she worked for the network, and ultimately reached a settlement agreement with the network.

Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity.

O'Reilly would make other comments including to The Hollywood Reporter, which is cited in today's lawsuit.

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".

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O'Reilly has paid out more than $45 million to settle claims against him, according to The Times. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

"O'Reilly portrayed himself as a "target" and claimed the complaints against him were extortionate", the suit read.

Bernstein says the statement was false.

O'Reilly, who lost his job at Fox because of harassment claims, has emphatically denied wrongdoing. She's represented by the same attorneys at Smith Mullin who represented Gretchen Carlson in the retaliation lawsuit against Fox News.

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O'Reilly sued by woman who settled harassment claims