Mercedes-Benz pulls ads from O'Reilly's show

FOLKENFLIK: Well, obviously, this all broke open last summer, when Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News host, made similar allegations and had Ailes on tape. Even more cynically, the Murdochs know for a fact that O'Reilly's audience won't care if he turns out to be the next Bill Cosby.

In the weeks after that meeting, Walsh said that her "small talk off-air" with O'Reilly "stopped abruptly".

"I had a business dinner with Mr. Bill O'Reilly and he asked me to go to his hotel room afterwards", she told Inside Edition.

A lawsuit filed on Monday morning by a paid political commentator for the Fox News Channel alleges the network's past chairman, Roger Ailes, made unwanted sexual advances while holding out the possibility of a big promotion. The settlements dated back to 2002, and two occurred previous year, with several of the accusers claiming O'Reilly attempted to leverage his power at the network to offer them gigs but when his alleged advances were turned down he later reneged on the offers. Walsh responded by saying, "I'm sorry, I can't do that".

Auto company Mercedes-Benz says it's pulling ads from Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" because of host Bill O'Reilly's sexual-harassment "controversy".

Two sources said reporters at the Times were aware of other allegations against O'Reilly, beyond the ones that were described in the story.

She claims she lost out on an opportunity to host an evening program because she denied Ailes' advances toward her.

"Fox News has a very exhausted tattered playbook, and that is attack, attack, attack, especially against women who speak out against their moneymakers", Bloom said at a press conference Monday. (That payout accounts for $9 million of the $13 million in settlements The Times described, according to the paper.) And his ugly divorce proceedings, and the fallout from them, were documented by Gawker and its sister sites for years. Walsh never signed any agreement with Fox.

"Because if I bring a sexual harassment claim, in order to investigate it or pursue it, you have to go to the person who supposedly did it and say, 'Hey, an employee is raising their concerns about you.' Now the probability is that that person is going to know who I am", she said. We're talking about people who didn't bat an eye when Trump bragged about grabbing women by the pussy, so I wouldn't hold your breath that they suddenly don't have the stomach for sexual harassment in the workplace.

Walsh said this isn't about money or revenge, and isn't looking for Fox to fire O'Reilly.

The lawsuit cites damage to Roginsky's career advancement and mental and physical pain. "So the idea that he's the real victim here and that these women are targeting him to get him to pay up, I think there are some questions about that", Kantor said. Walsh did say she is willing to participate in any investigation into Fox or O'Reilly.

Back then, Fox said it had no tolerance for behavior that "disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment". She said she is not bound by any such agreement and the statute of limitations has passed for her to sue.

Instead, her comments fueled the litany of accusations against the prominent anchor and Fox News, where men in higher positions have been accused of using their influence to provoke abuse of sexual nature.

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