Bill O'Reilly and ex-Fox chief are hit with more allegations
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 13:18
"We had advertising running on The O'Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy", a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson told THR. Her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, seated next to her, called for an independent investigation into Fox News.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
Lisa Bloom is a lawyer for Wendy Walsh, a former regular on "The O'Reilly Factor".
In the complaint, Roginsky stated that Ailes made sexist comments and unwanted sexual advances toward her during one-on-one meetings in his office, including requiring that she "bend down to kiss him hello" when he sat in a low armchair and telling her that they would get into "so much trouble" if he took her "out for a drink". A spokesman for the commission said no claim had been filed. Claims have to address activity that happened in NY and must be filed within a year of an alleged infraction.
Her action followed other allegations, including at least two separate lawsuits, against Fox News and Ailes by women claiming they were sexually harassed by the 76-year-old founder of the network.
So, the question is, and a lot of people have asked me, but Fox has not answered, which is "Why is Mr. O'Reilly being treated differently than Mr. Ailes?"
Carmaker Mercedes-Benz, a unit of Daimler (DAIGn.DE), pulled its advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor" after the newspaper report.
A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman told CNN in a statement that the allegations against Mr. "The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don't feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now".
The new suit adds to Fox News' woes at a time when it is trying to move past the sexual harassment crisis that engulfed the network a year ago.
Walsh said she came forward because she was told by a New York Times reporter that numerous women who have accused O'Reilly of harassment are bound by gag orders. She said she is not bound by any such agreement, and the statute of limitations for suing has run out. "I want to be the voice for all women", she said. Ailes has denied the charges. Roginsky said that a promised position on the Fox show "The Five" never happened after she rejected Ailes' sexual advances.
In a complaint filed in NY state Supreme Court on Monday, Roginsky said she was pressured to join "Team Roger" to defend Ailes when Gretchen Carlson filed the initial harassment complaint against him but that she refused.
Executives pressured Roginsky to join other prominent Fox News personalities on what they called "Team Roger" to denigrate and discredit Carlson publicly. O'Reilly or 21st Century Fox in lawsuits dating back to 2002.
"These comments and their delivery made it clear that Ailes wanted a sexual relationship with Roginsky", the suit stated. Ailes has denied those charges.
In the suit, Roginsky also stated that she discussed her complaints in a meeting with Shine and another top network executive during a meeting in November, months after Ailes was dismissed in July.
Fox News representatives did not immediately return messages for comment.