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Earlier this week another woman came forward with allegations that Bill O’Reilly harassed her while she was working at 21st Century Fox. The woman called the Fox hotline and spoke through her attorney, Lisa Bloom, and on Thursday she went on The View to speak publicly about her allegations for the first time.
“He always walked past my desk and he made like a grunting noise,” Burgess said of O’Reilly. She thought at first that O’Reilly had muscle spasms, until she said she realized he was only making that noise when he walked by her desk and nobody else was around. She was a temp office worker at the company and didn’t work for O’Reilly. She claimed he had no reason to walk past her desk so frequently.
“It was embarrassing, so I just got to a point where I was not looking at him,” continued Burgess. When she walked off an elevator with O’Reilly one time, she said he told her, “‘Looking good there, girl.'”
Burgess said her experience made the hair on the back of her neck stand up, and she felt very uncomfortable. “It was like street harassment in the office,” she said, describing O’Reilly as grunting and leering at her, looking her up and down.
One day, she said, he walked past her desk and made another comment.
“He walks past and says, ‘Hey, hot chocolate,’ but he doesn’t look at me when he said it,” she alleged. “I didn’t respond. I was mortified because not only was it sexual, I took that as a very plantational remark.”
Burgess said she was nervous to tell the temp agency she worked for or Fox News, so she just told friends and family. In 2010 she spoke out a bit against O’Reilly on her social media, without making specific allegations.
When Burgess first made the claims, an attorney for Bill O’Reilly, Marc E. Kasowitz, responded with a statement to CNN that read: “It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations.”
O’Reilly exited Fox News on Wed., April 19, amid sexual harassment allegations and advertisers pulling out of his show. Burgess said she felt “triumphant” when she heard the news he was leaving.
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