Millions of Fox News fans were devastated on Wednesday when Bill O’Reilly was abruptly fired from Fox News after numerous sexual harassment claims against him were leaked to the public. Within minutes of O’Reilly’s firing, however, things got even worse for him when two new accusers came forward to claim that he sexually harassed them.
Daily Mail reported that the first new accuser is Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene, who claims the harassment began in 2007 when O’Reilly told her to show more cleavage before she appeared on his show. Two years later, she alleges that O’Reilly took her out to dinner to celebrate an achievement of hers at Fox. When they arrived at the restaurant, Greene says O’Reilly told her that while she might want to “break his bank” on her meal choice he was more interested in breaking her back.
“I don’t think that these comments were focused from a sexual standpoint,” said Greene. “I think they were more of a power standpoint to put me in my place.”
The other new accuser is Caroline Heldman, who has occasionally made guest appearances on Fox. Heldman claims that she was subjected to “sex discrimination and retaliation” at the hands of O’Reilly, and she is now being represented by attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing many of the former Fox News host’s other “victims.”
O’Reilly maintains his innocence in the wake of these allegations, but says he wishes Fox News the best.
“Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television,” O’Reilly said in a brief statement. “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”
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