Another Bill O’Reilly Accuser Sues Him for Defamation

Another Bill O’Reilly accuser has filed a defamation lawsuit against the former Fox News star.In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court Thursday, former Fox News Channel anchor Laurie Dhue charges O’Reilly mounted a “smear campaign” after the New York Times reported last April that she’d gotten a $1 million settlement related to sexual harassment allegations against him and former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

According to the suit, the Times reported “a total of five women … have received payouts from either Mr. O’Reilly or the company in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him.”

The settlements totaled about $13 million, the Times reported.

The report also included a statement from O’Reilly, in which he said: “Just like other prominent and controversial people … I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity.”

After the O’Reilly Factor host was forced out last April 19, he said in a news release it “is tremendously disheartening that we (Fox News and O’Reilly) part ways due to completely unfounded claims,” according to Dhue’s lawsuit.

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Source: New York Daily News