Soon after Fox News Channel architect Roger Ailes was ousted last summer over multiple sexual harassment allegations, the network quietly reached a six-figure settlement with reporter and guest Juliet Huddy over alleged sexual harassment by network host Bill O’Reilly, according to a report in The New York Times.
The Times based its report on interviews with current and former Fox News employees, a letter it obtained written by Huddy’s lawyers to 21st Century Fox and three pages of a draft settlement agreement.
The paper detailed inappropriate advances and subsequent retaliation by O’Reilly and executives including Jack Abernethy, the co-head of Fox News Channel who also runs Fox’s station group.
The company allegedly paid a six-figure sum to Huddy, who had appeared as a guest on FNC's The O’Reilly Factor; as a cohost of a syndicated morning show canceled in 2009; and, until last September, Good Day Early Call on New York affiliate WNYW.
In the Times report, reps for Fox News and 21st Century Fox denied the allegations in the letter, and O’Reilly’s attorney, Fredric S. Newman, told the Times, “There is absolutely no basis for any claim” against his client.