Who needs a gag order? I haven’t stopped gagging yet!

From WSIL-TV:

NEW YORK (AP) – A Fox News contributor came forward to level more sexual-harassment allegations against deposed chief executive Roger Ailes on Monday, two days after it was revealed the network’s most popular on-air personality, Bill O’Reilly, has settled multiple complaints about his own behavior with women.

O’Reilly returned to the air on Monday following a weekend report in The New York Times that he and his employer had paid five women $13 million to settle allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate conduct by Fox’s ratings king.

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Meanwhile, the lawyer for another woman who says she was punished for rebuffing O’Reilly’s advances called on New York City’s Human Rights Commission to investigate O’Reilly’s behavior.

The new lawsuit against Ailes was brought by Fox’s Julie Roginsky and is notable because it accuses Fox’s current management of trying to cover up for Ailes.

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She was seeking a permanent role on Fox’s show “The Five.” But after an April 2015 meeting at which she turned down Ailes’ advances, he wouldn’t meet with her again, and she never got the regular role, she said.

Later, she said, she was pressured to join Team Roger, a group of people who publicly defended Ailes when the first harassment complaint made public against the Fox boss was brought by Gretchen Carlson last summer. Roginsky refused.

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Roginsky said that during a meeting in December, new Fox top executive Bill Shine told her he didn’t believe the allegations against Ailes until recently. But the lawsuit alleges Shine and other top Fox executives should have known about Ailes’ behavior much earlier.

“Shine and other senior executives kept Ailes’ conduct secret and enabled it,” said the lawsuit, filed in state court.

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At a Los Angeles news conference Monday, lawyer Lisa Bloom detailed allegations against O’Reilly by Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on the prime-time show “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Bloom said O’Reilly had told Walsh he would recommend her for a paid contributor role on the network. Walsh and O’Reilly had dinner in Los Angeles in 2013, but when Walsh refused his invitation to go to his hotel room, his attitude changed and she was soon dropped from the show, according to Walsh.

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Walsh said she came forward because she was told by a Times reporter that many of the 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.

“Nobody can silence me because my voice is not for sale,” Walsh said. “Nobody can buy my voice.”

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O’Reilly’s ratings have gone up over the past year with the intense interest in politics. Independent studies show he generates more than $100 million in advertising revenue per year for TV’s top-rated cable news network. But at least one advertiser, car company Mercedes-Benz, said it was pulling its ads from the show because of the “disturbing” allegations.

 

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12 responses to “Who needs a gag order? I haven’t stopped gagging yet!

  1. Wow. It never stops. Fox is foxy with the allegations. Billy boy is such a hypocrite and acts like he’s goody two shoes. He’s seems to be full of himself with a slight smirk on his face. He thinks he’s God’s gift to women. A miserable soul, in my opinion.

  2. the loony tic

    i’m sensing that these slimy men don’t see the same disgusting, over the hill perverts in the mirror that we do.

    • No self-respecting mirror would reflect the image of Roger “The Blob” Ailes. Mirrors have been known to commit hara-kiri by spontaneously shattering rather than do so. Even his own microwave would probably have a nervous breakdown if it were forced to photograph him.

      Like the pussy-grabbing orangutan, these revenants from a bygone era live in a fantasy world — which would be fine, if they weren’t inflicting it on others too.

      In today’s world, such behavior won’t fly. O’Reilly will soon have plenty of other ex-advertiser dartboards to hang alongside the Mercedes one.

      • Second dartboard: Just saw on The Puffington Host that Hyundai is also pulling planned adds from O’Reilly. I don’t know if it means anything that both of those companies are foreign.

        • First, I wish there was a clapping emoticon here on WordPress for your reply to Loony Tic.

          Second, why is it that foreign companies have to show American companies the right way to act, just as the foreign press had to show the American press how to question Twitler?

          • Guys like these are inspirational, in their gag-inducing way.

            Ironically, foreign companies that sell here may have a better sense of the parameters of tolerance in American culture than some of our home-grown but encapsulated relics of bygone decades have. Asian and European companies know the US is an alien culture (to them) so they study it carefully in order to make better marketing decisions. They know what’s acceptable here and what turns off customers.

            Guys like Trump, Ailes, and O’Reilly are protected by wealth and power from the consequences of their actions, and from underlings daring to tell them how much standards have changed since they were young. Trouble is, eventually things change so much that some people (like the women at Fox) have the nerve to challenge them — and then the dinosaurs start to realize they’ve actually been extinct for quite some time.

            In any case, the list of advertisers bailing on O’Reilly is lengthening by the minute. Everyone can see he’s toxic now.

            • Very astute observation, Infidel. It’s easier to see the forest rather than individual trees when you are at a bit of a distance.

              Money always talks. The sad part is, even though every once in a while, the rich guys take a hit (like Ailes getting axed), they seldom get anything more than a little bruise. Their pain is assuaged by the vast amounts of money they are given to walk away. It’s time for them to take a yuuuuuge financial personal hit. Maybe then they’ll think twice before treating people like things rather than human beings.

    • Do they even have reflections, Loony Tic? 😉

  3. Friend of the court

    O’Reilly, and the other old goat, are pigs. Good, that they may be an example to all the “bosses”, and “stars” who never make the news.

    • Yeah, but what kind of example? Make sure you make enough money so that you can harass and abuse women (or men, for that matter), and not have to downgrade your lifestyle one little bit?

      I will make a confession. While I hate the idea that any woman is harassed or abused or taken advantage of by their employers (been there myself more than once), I find myself having very little pity for Gretchen Carlson. She had a nationwide platform to announce and denounce what was going on behind the scenes, and she could have saved some of the other women who were not as well-compensated a lot of grief. Instead, she kept her mouth shut until she got a crappy time slot. I am not saying that every woman has an obligation to speak out at her own peril. However, Carlson bashed women relentlessly on air when the talking points demanded it, so I think she had more of an obligation than others to do a little penance by pulling back the curtain at Faux News. Same goes for Megyn Kelly. I don’t watch Greta van Susteren now that she defected to MSNBC, but something tells me that she isn’t exactly leading the charge against her former employers. She backed her buddy Ailes until the bitter end and dismissed Carlson’s claims.

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