Tuesday 22 August 2017

Fox News is 'the Bill Cosby of corporate America': accuser

Wendy Walsh (right) speaks about the Bill O’Reilly allegations alongside lawyer Lisa Bloom in LA yesterday. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
Wendy Walsh (right) speaks about the Bill O’Reilly allegations alongside lawyer Lisa Bloom in LA yesterday. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Alison Smith

Fox News is the "Bill Cosby of corporate America" because the cable network has paid out millions of dollars to combat sexual harassment lawsuits launched against its most powerful male staff, according to a top lawyer.

Lisa Bloom, the lawyer representing a woman accusing Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment, as well as representing four women who accused US President Donald Trump of similar crimes, said there should be an immediate independent investigation of sexual harassment at the news network.

"How many women have to come forward? How many millions of dollars have to get paid before Fox News takes sexual harassment seriously?" she said.

"In my view, Fox News is the Bill Cosby of corporate America. Women over and over again are driven out."

Comedian Bill Cosby was himself accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault which he denied.

O'Reilly, the man with arguably the top job in US television, was exposed by the 'New York Times' as having been accused multiple times over the past decade of sexual harassment, which he denied, and Fox News paid $13m (€12m) to settle the cases. In a statement, O'Reilly said he settled the cases to spare his children from negative publicity. Fox News also backed him, saying the claims had no merit.

One of O'Reilly's accusers, psychology professor and radio host Wendy Walsh, yesterday encouraged women to report any inappropriate contact in the workplace.

"If you dress beautifully, if you smile a lot, if you stroke the ego of the big dog, the one who feeds your family or could offer you a dream job - it is not your fault if you are sexually harassed," she said.

Irish Independent

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