Details of sexual harassment allegations by FOX News on-air personality Juliet Huddy against network titan Bill O’Reilly as reported by the New York Times reveal that Huddy thought it sounded like O’Reilly was masturbating while talking to her on the phone.
A letter from Huddy’s lawyers to FOX’s legal team that was obtained by the New York Times also lists other details of Huddy’s allegations against O’Reilly.
The letter includes allegations that Mr. O’Reilly had called Ms. Huddy repeatedly and that it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating. He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts, according to the letter.
In exchange for her silence and agreement not to sue, she was paid a sum in the high six figures, according to people briefed on the agreement. The agreement was between Ms. Huddy and 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News. The company and Mr. O’Reilly’s lawyer said her allegations were false.
For his part, O’Reilly says that the allegations are bullshit.
Representatives for Fox News and Mr. O’Reilly dismissed the allegations Monday night. “The letter contains substantial falsehoods, which both men have vehemently denied,” Irena Briganti, a spokeswoman for Fox News, said in a statement.
Speaking for Mr. O’Reilly, Fredric S. Newman, the TV host’s lawyer, said, “There is absolutely no basis for any claim of sexual harassment against Bill O’Reilly by Juliet Huddy.”
I don’t know what to believe here, but this seems curious.
Ms. Huddy’s father, John Huddy Sr., who was a confidant of Mr. Ailes and a consultant to Fox News, left the network in July. Her brother, John Huddy Jr., continues to work there as a correspondent based in Jerusalem.
Maybe she and her brother aren’t that close? I don’t know. If your sister says the top guy at a workplace sounds like he’s spanking it when he’s on the phone with her, do you stay anyway?
I like to doubt things like this because “yuck,” but this isn’t helping.
In 2004, a producer on his show, Andrea Mackris, sued him, asserting that he had made unwanted sexual advances and lewd comments in a series of phone calls and dinner conversations. According to the suit, Mr. O’Reilly told her on multiple occasions to buy a vibrator, called her when it sounded like he was masturbating and described various sexual fantasies.
After two weeks of sensational headlines in New York’s tabloid newspapers, Mr. O’Reilly settled for millions of dollars, according to people briefed on the agreement. Both sides said that no wrongdoing had occurred.
I hope it’s not true, because the guy is everywhere and I don’t want to have to think about this every time I see him on TV.