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Megyn Kelly Rips Bill O’Reilly Over Sexual Harassment Allegations, He Responds

October 23, 2017 | Posted by Ashish
Megyn Kelly

Following the New York Times article reporting that Bill O’Reilly paid out $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim from another FOX News analyst, Megyn Kelly attacked O’Reilly on her daytime show today for his behavior while at FOX News, saying O’Reilly’s response to the Times story is a flat out lie.

O’Reilly originally responded to the Times story by calling it a “smear” and said that in his 20 years at FOX News, nobody ever complained to human resources or legal about him. Kelly, however, says O’Reilly’s claim isn’t true because she personally complained.

“O’Reilly calls the Times report a malicious smear, claiming that no woman in 20 years ever complained to human resources or legal about him,” Kelly said Monday on her NBC daytime talk show. “Maybe that is true. Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience. However, O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained.”

Kelly then read an email she sent to FOX News co-Presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy back in November of 2016 in which she said O’Reilly was using his platform to criticize victims of sexual assault.

“Perhaps he didn’t realize the kind of message his criticism sent to young women across this country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment,” she wrote in the email. “Perhaps he didn’t realize that his exact attitude of shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on grounds that it will disgrace the company is in part how Fox News got into the decade-long Ailes mess to begin with. Perhaps it’s his own history of harassment with women, which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than, ‘I’m just so sorry for the women of this company who never should’ve had to go through that.'”

In response to all of this, Kelly said that Shine told her he would “deal with O’Reilly” but on his show that same night, O’Reilly went back to criticizing sexual harassment victims and even suggested that unhappy women should just leave the company.

“By 8 PM, O’Reilly apparently had been ‘dealt with’ and by that I mean he was permitted, with management’s advance notice and blessing, to go on the air and attack the company’s harassment victims yet again,” Kelly said.

“This is not unique to Fox News. Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions. They stay silent so often out of fear,” Kelly said.

O’Reilly responded to Kelly’s attacks today, telling Glenn Beck that he was not aware that Kelly filed a complaint.

“I never had any problem with Megyn Kelly,” O’Reilly said. “I don’t know why Megyn Kelly is doing what she’s doing. I don’t know why … It is incomprehensible.”

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