Bill O’Reilly’s Dismissal from Fox News Could Embolden More Harassment Victims to Come Forward

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With advertisers scurrying and new sexual harassment allegations emerging in recent weeks, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox cut ties with longtime host Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday, April 19. Fox’s decision is likely to encourage more victims of O’Reilly’s alleged sexual harassment to come forward.

An internal investigation from Fox News concluded that numerous female employees had reported harassment and “inappropriate behavior” from O’Reilly over the course of his 20-year career with the network, according to the New York Times. The company had to pay out about $13 million in settlement agreements to five women who had complained about O’Reilly’s conduct. Following the revelation of the past settlements, more than 50 sponsors ended their relationships with O’Reilly’s show.

O’Reilly’s firing comes after the embarrassing dismissal of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in July 2016. Like O’Reilly, Ailes was the subject of multiple sexual harassment allegations before finally being let go.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see if the culture of Fox News truly changes, especially if new allegations against O’Reilly and other Fox News employees occur.      

Farmer Jaffe Partner Brad Edwards is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual abuse.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse, please e-mail attorney Brad Edwards at [email protected] or call our law firm at (954) 524-2820.