Bill O'Reilly Settled With Her. Now She's Suing

Danny Woods
December 5, 2017

Former Fox News producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein is suing Bill O'Reilly and Fox News for defamation and breach of contract, alleging they violated a settlement she reached with the fired cable anchor.

The lawsuit, which has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, states, "Mr. O'Reilly is the liar".

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein claims in her U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY suit Bernstein v. O'Reilly, 17-cv-09483, that she was not the source of information for the April 1 story that appeared in the Times.

"O'Reilly depicted Ms. Bernstein in a false light, criticized and derided her character, raising doubt about her intentions in detailing O'Reilly's manhandle to HR and at last being constrained out at Fox News with a settlement assention", she asserts in her suit.

Bernstein complained in 2002 that she was mistreated by O'Reilly when she worked for the network, and ultimately reached a settlement agreement with the network.

Fox News severed its relationship with O'Reilly in April amid mounting harassment claims.

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Bernstein also alleged that O'Reilly violated the non-disparagement clause of their 2002 confidential settlement, and added that he and the network portrayed her and other accusers as "liar and politically motivated extortionist". The exact amount she was paid is not known, but it was far less than the other settlements. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News".

Fox News ended its association with O'Reilly in April due to sexual harassment allegations against the TV host and commentator.

"In fact, Ms. Bernstein repeatedly complained to Fox Human Resources, Bill Shine, and other Fox executives, about Mr. O'Reilly's mistreatment and both defendant Fox News Network LLC and O'Reilly knew that before making the statements above", the complaint says. O'Reilly screamed at Bernstein in front of other employees, according to the New York Times.

Reps for Fox News and Bill O'Reilly were not immediately available for comment.

Bernstein's attorneys said in a statement Monday that she "was not the source for this revelation".

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