Fox News’ $200 million-dollar man, Bill O’Reilly, has been on an extended vacation from his highly-rated show. It probably couldn’t have come at a better time for the embattled anchor.
Recently it was revealed that O’Reilly had settled more than one sexual harassment lawsuit launched against him by former employees of Fox News. When that happens to anyone, whether guilty or not, usually “victims” come out of the woodwork.
This latest one made the front page of the Drudge Report.
Hollywood Reporter reports:
Another woman is telling Fox News her story of harassment at the hands of O’Reilly, according to attorney Lisa Bloom.
Bill O’Reilly used to leer at an African-American Fox News clerical worker and called her “hot chocolate,” according to attorney Lisa Bloom, who helped the woman report the harassment to the network’s hotline.
The woman worked for a different broadcaster in 2008 while this was going on, but The O’Reilly Factor host’s office was near her desk, the attorney claims.
“He would never talk to her, not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar,” Bloom tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”
Bloom says she spoke with three witnesses who knew the woman at the time and confirmed she was upset and stressed at the end of each workday. “She’s not asking for any money,” says Bloom. “She just wants them to know her story.”
At the time, Bloom says the woman valued her job too much to risk speaking up.
“She was afraid if she told him to knock it off she’d get fired,” Bloom says. “Now that’s she’s aware this is all in the news, she’s decided to phone in a complaint to the Fox News hotline.”
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