The woman who made sexual harassment allegations against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is facing a PR crisis.
Two documents have been discovered that cast doubt on accuser Perquita Burgess’s credibility — and potentially vindicate the former prime-time host.
On Feb. 11, 2015, a Detroit Police report was filed that records Burgess being arrested on charges of making a false report and obstructing a court order.
According to the police document, Burgess had called authorities and alleged her boyfriend had hit her face with a firearm. However, when police arrived, they discovered that Burgess “appeared intoxicated.”
Newmax reports on original accusations from Burgess:
In April, O’Reilly was fired from Fox News shortly after Perquita Burgess claimed the host made sexually suggestive comments to her, including calling her “hot chocolate.”
Burgess worked at Fox News for several weeks in 2008 as a clerical temp.
Shortly after an April 1st New York Times report detailed sexual harassment allegations by several women against O’Reilly, Burgess called a 21st Century Fox hotline claiming alleged workplace misconduct by O’Reilly. 21st Century is the parent company of Fox News.
At the time her charges emerged, O’Reilly’s program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” was already in the throes of an advertiser-boycott campaign being pushed by several liberal organizations.
The boycott started after the New York Times report that seven-figure settlements had been reached with five women who said O’Reilly had subjected them to inappropriate behavior. O’Reilly told the Times he signed off on the settlements to protect his family from controversy and had not admitted any guilt.
All of the allegations included in the Times report were more than a decade old.
Burgess’s more recent allegations, however, played a significant role in O’Reilly’s termination at the network, a source close to Fox News told Newsmax.
“I had no idea who this woman was,” O’Reilly told Newsmax. O’Reilly denied ever having a conversation with her.
“So when it came out, it was stunning,” he said.
The day after O’Reilly was fired, Burgess went public with her account in a high-profile appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
Burgess told the audience she noticed O’Reilly making a “grunt noise,” or clearing his throat, when he passed by her desk.
She said on another occasion he remarked, “Looking good there, girl!”
Burgess, an African-American woman, also said O’Reilly once called out to her, “Hey, hot chocolate.”
She said the remark was “very plantational.”
According to Burgess’s account, she found the alleged remarks and leering behavior “uncomfortable” and “embarrassing.”
Burgess stated she shared her experiences with her sister and boyfriend, but did not report them to the network.
The day Fox announced his departure from the network, O’Reilly issued a statement saying the charges leveled against him were “completely unfounded.”
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