Fox Paid Ex-Anchor Six Figures Following Bill O'Reilly Harassment Complaints (Report)
Juliet Huddy says O'Reilly tried to derail her career after she rebuffed his advances.
While Roger Ailes was the focal point of a media blitzkrieg this summer following accusations of sexual harassment from Gretchen Carlson, Fox News was reportedly handling similar claims against Bill O'Reilly in secret.
Juliet Huddy claims that O'Reilly pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011 and when she refused, he tried to derail her career, according to a New York Times story that's based on a letter Huddy's lawyers reportedly sent to Fox News.
The letter was reportedly sent following Ailes' ouster this summer. That puts it right around the time former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sued the company in August, claiming it runs like a "sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult."
No lawsuit was filed here, but Huddy reportedly received a six-figure payout from the company to ensure that no legal claims would come in the future and she would stay silent on the issue.
It's also worth noting that Huddy's family is intertwined with the network. Her father, John Huddy Sr., was a consultant to Fox News and close with Ailes. Her brother, John Huddy Jr., is currently a Jerusalem-based foreign correspondent, according to the Fox News website.
LawNewz.com first reported the story Monday night.
Fox News issued a statement Tuesday afternoon: “Juliet Huddy’s letter of intent to sue contained substantial falsehoods which were vehemently denied by Bill O’Reilly."