The New York Times published a bombshell exposé on Bill O’Reilly Saturday that made public the details of a hefty sexual misconduct payment O’Reilly struck with a Fox News network analyst before his contract with 21st Century Fox was granted a four-year extension.
Though the Times reported the flashy dollar figure, they left out some important facts.
Though it was never supposed to become public, O’Reilly agreed to pay former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl $32 million to settle sexual harassment allegations she brought against him. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing.
However, as part of the settlement, Wiehl signed an affidavit rescinding her misconduct allegations against O’Reilly. TheBlaze was sent a copy of the signed document.
One of the points Wiehl legally agreed to was: “At the end of 2016, I hired counsel who prepared a draft complaint asserting claims against Bill O’Reilly. We have since resolved all of our issues. I would no longer make the allegations contained in the draft complaint.
The other three signed statements in the affidavit were:
-That Wiehl has known O’Reilly for more than 18 years, and on occasion, had provided him with legal counsel
-That while Wiehl acted as O’Reilly’s counsel, he often forwarded to Wiehl explicit emails that he received from others. Wiehl said she had no complaint about the emails.
-That Wiehl reached an agreement with Fox News to terminate her employment and that she had no complaints against the network
According to O’Reilly’s team, the Times had a copy of the affidavit, but the newspaper didn’t publish the legal document nor did they explain what Wiehl agreed to when she signed it.
O’Reilly called the Times’ story a “smear piece” that only serves to discredit and “embarrass” him.
O’Reilly announced on social media Saturday that he plans to discuss the story in detail with his followers on Monday.
My investigative team has done a superb job in exposing the lies and smear. I will speak with you on Monday.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) October 21, 2017
O’Reilly will be on Glenn Beck’s national radio program Monday morning to discuss the story.
Here is the affidavit of Lis Wiehl.
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