In new lawsuit, black employee says O’Reilly called her ‘hot chocolate’
On Tuesday, a former black female colleague of Bill O’Reilly’s came forward to accuse the beleaguered Fox News host of sexual harassment.
According to the woman’s lawyer, O’Reilly had a desk near the woman’s and would say very little to her that was not sexual.
“He would walk by her desk … and make grunting noises like an animal and wait for her to get off the elevator first and look at her backside and say, ‘Looking good, girl,’” said attorney Lisa Bloom. “He would look at her cleavage and legs and call her ‘hot chocolate.’”
In responding to the allegations, O’Reilly attorney Marc E. Kasowitz claimed that they were part of an ongoing conspiracy meant to ruin O’Reilly’s career.
“It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened almost a decade ago is being treated as fact,” said Kasowitz, adding that “there is obviously an orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations.”
On Tuesday, Fox News sources admitted that founder Rupert Murdoch is considering firing O’Reilly after 21 years on-air as the host has been surrounded by controversy, prompting protests in the streets calling for O’Reilly’s ouster from the network.
O’Reilly has been on vacation from his show since April 12, and while he is scheduled to return on April 24, multiple sources have said that it is unlikely he will be coming back to host his 8 p.m. show. It is not clear whether or not O’Reilly will make an on-air farewell address, in the midst of the sexual harassment scandal as well as the growing list of fleeing advertisers.