O'Reilly Accuser Juliet Huddy Speaks Out After Latest Bombshell: 'I'm Terrified'

Lawrence Kim
October 23, 2017

"And it's - it holds you back from taking action sometimes". Allegations included O'Reilly calling Huddy repeatedly, sometimes sounding as if he were masturbating, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, he appeared at the door in his boxer shorts.

In a statement, 21st Century Fox defended its decision because it said O'Reilly had settled the matter personally.

The remark came in light of a new report that Fox was aware O'Reilly had recently made a $32 million sexual harassment settlement when it signed him to a four-year renewal worth $100 million.

Kelly said the harassment wasn't unique to Fox News, and credited the network with making some changes since Ailes' departure in July 2016.

But she condemned O'Reilly, who's said no one filed a human resources complaint with him over his 20 years at the network. Huddy said she was "terrified" by what Fox News has the power to do against people who speak out against it.

Bill O'Reilly waited until two New York Times reporters turned off their recording devices to lay into them over a story about a secret $32 million settlement he reached with former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl over allegations of sexual harassment.

Kelly's guest on Monday's show was Juliette Huddy, a former Fox News anchor who settled with the network after bringing her own sexual harassment allegations against O'Reilly.

In an appearance on CBS News, O'Reilly became defensive when he was asked about the book.

"By 8 p.m that night O'Reilly had apparently been dealt with", Kelly said Monday during the somber opening of her show.

Kelly's email took issue with O'Reilly's comments, noting that he had a "history of harassment with women".

Huddy said she now regretted signing the agreement not to talk, which she said prevents other women from knowing they're not alone.

"You're one person about to go up against a machine".

Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for O'Reilly, said in a statement Saturday that after 21st Century Fox fired founding CEO Roger Ailes in 2015 following harassment charges, dozens of women accused scores of male employees at Fox News Channel of harassment. Near tears, Kelly implored: "It has to stop". Rather, we're seeing powerful men time and again facing he-said, she-said, she-said, she-said, and she-said cases involving common fact patterns and common tactics.

O'Reilly told the Times he "never mistreated anyone" but settled to protect his children, for whom he had been entangled in a custody battle at the time of the lawsuit.

"This is crap. It's politically and financially motivated". And we can prove it with shocking information, but I'm not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it. "I think it's absolutely horrifying that we've allowed this to go on for so long in our corporate culture".

"My investigative team has done a superb job in exposing the lies and smear", O'Reilly tweeted late Saturday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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