Juliet Huddy, a longtime series and correspondent for Fox News, have quietly reached an agreement on a complaint of sexual harassment that she filed against top-rated host Bill O’Reilly and co-chair of the network, Jack Abernethy.
According to a Newz law report Rachel Stockman, Huddy announced Fox announced his intention to prosecute for harassment after allegations of misconduct on the part of the two men. The allegation was one of several women who worked on Fox News, including several who alleged harassment by cable channel founder Roger Ailes.
In the “intent to sue” letter, a copy of the Newz Act said she had received, Huddy stated that the harassment she experienced from O’Reilly began shortly after she was transferred to her program after a long period as host “Fox And Friends “weekend edition.
Huddy said O’Reilly had tried to kiss her at his Long Island home and made several sexually suggestive phone calls. Law Newz also mentions “an incident” at an unnamed hotel as Huddy tried to return the room key to O’Reilly, but gives no further details.
According to the letter, after Huddy dropped O’Reilly’s statements, his regular segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” was abruptly canceled, although it was one of the show’s most popular segments. She was then transferred to a Fox owned radio station in New York and was an anchor position for a 4:30 am show, a position she considered to be of lesser prestige. The change, she stated, was “in retaliation for rejecting Mr. O’Reilly’s progress.”
Huddy also stated that she experienced harassment from Jack Abernethy, the man who overseen Fox stations at the time and is now co-president of the Fox News Channel. Newz’s law report did not specify what these alleged incidents were in addition to repeated phone calls asking Huddy to get to Abernethy’s office.
More information on Huddy’s charges is not likely to arise since she has reached an agreement with Fox. According to the Stockman report, which is in the six high numbers.
It is not the first time O’Reilly has been accused of sexual misconduct for female colleagues. In 2004, he was sued by a Fox producer named Andrea Mackris in a formal complaint, claiming he made many unsolicited sexual advances, including advising her to buy a dilatory and grim descriptions of shared showers. (They included an infamous recorded conversation in which O’Reilly apparently described a bush as a “falafel thing.”)
O’Reilly’s alleged peccadilloes were last year in a lawsuit filed against Ailes by former Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros. In the action, the former co-host of “The Five” stated that O’Reilly had invited her to stay at his house and said he thought she had a “wild side.”
Several women accused Ailes of sexual harassment as well, including recently left Fox News star Megyn Kelly and a previous book for the network, accusing Ailes of essentially keeping her as a sex slave