Bill O'Reilly Reportedly Paid $32 Million Settlement in Sexual Harassment Suit

After the settlement - which was made in January and marks the sixth agreement to settle harassment allegations against him - O'Reilly's contract extension was granted for $25 million a year. 21st Century Fox executive Rupert Murdoch and his sons chose to stand by O'Reilly despite the mounting allegations against him.

Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network's top-rated host at the time, Bill O'Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter.

The New York Times reported that an analyst at Fox News made allegations of "repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her". "The company subsequently acted based on the terms of this contract", the statement said.

After a few days of negotiation, O'Reilly and Wiehl reached a deal, according to the Times.

Fox News did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment. The previous highest was reported to be former anchor Gretchen Carlson's $20 million deal after suing Fox News head Roger Ailes in 2016.

In a statement, 21st Century Fox said it was not privy to the amount of the Wiehl settlement and believed that January settlement with her was a personal matter.

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In an interview Wednesday, O'Reilly, at times combative and defiant, said there was no merit to any of the allegations against him.

You can read the whole New York Times report here.

Multiple other women accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment after the report was published.

On Jan. 2, O'Reilly reportedly received a draft of a lawsuit Ms. Wiehl was threatening to file, and 21st Century Fox received a copy of the complaint soon afterward.

However, the timing of the Wiehl settlement paints a damning picture of Fox leadership's willingness to keep O'Reilly in the fold despite its public statements about its efforts to ensure that 21st Century Fox divisions fostered a healthy and inclusive working environment for all employees.

In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, said that "after a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Mr. O'Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel".

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