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Fox News Settled Sexual Harassment Claims by Former Host: WSJ

"The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly and Fox News co-President Jack Abernethy were both named in the suit.

Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly

(Reuters) — Fox News reached a financial settlement several months ago with former host Juliet Huddy, who claimed she was sexually harassed by two top figures at the cable news network, the WSJ reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

In a letter from her attorney to Fox News, Huddy claimed she had been harassed by “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly and Fox News co-President Jack Abernethy, the Journal reported.

Fox News, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, paid a six-figure settlement to Huddy, but believes the claims are false, the Journal reported.

“Juliet Huddy’s letter of intent to sue contained substantial falsehoods which both men vehemently denied,” a Fox News spokesperson told Reuters.

The settlement came when Fox News was dealing with sexual harassment claims against former network chief Roger Ailes, the Journal said.

Wigdor LLP, which is representing Huddy, declined to comment.

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  • I’m an EEO legal professional. You — normally — don’t pay a six-figure settlement if you genuinely believe a claim is based on “substantial falsehoods.” It sounds like someone needs to Drain the Swamp at Fox.

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  • Granny Bunny – it might have been worth the 6 figures to make it all go away now instead of being drug out. I equate it to pleading guilty and taking a deal rather than going to trial. Of course, I wasn’t there, so I have no idea what actually transpired, what they might have been afraid of, or what the cost of continuing to fight it might be.

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    • I’ll bet the discovery process would have revealed systemic problems at the sex offender network. If your company allows this network to be on TVs at work, you should complain.

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