Wednesday, October 20, 2004

New Charges Filed Against Fox, O'Reilly

The sleaziest man in TV broadcasting had his henchmen out on the morning shows yesterday and today smearing the name of the woman who accused him of sexually harassing her. AP wire is reporting a sex harassment lawsuit against talk show host Bill O'Reilly filed new accusations Tuesday, alleging she has lost her job because she complained to Fox about her alleged mistreatment. The amended lawsuit says Fox's "removal" of Mackris from her job "is in direct retaliation for her complaints of sexual harassment and a sexually hostile work environment at defendants Fox." It is a violation of New York law to fire an employee who complains of sexual harassment. Mackris alleged in her lawsuit last week that O'Reilly, 55 and married with two children, subjected her repeatedly to off-color sexual remarks and telephone sex talk.

O'Reilly has threatened to crush any former FOX employee women he has harassed, claiming "If any woman ever breathed a word I'll make her pay so dearly that she'll wish she'd never been born. I'll rake her through the mud, bring up things in her life and make her so miserable that she'll be destroyed." . This is not the first time the megalomaniac has let this anger get the better of him. O'Reilly's prior feud with comedian Al Franken helped the book sales of “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right,” shoot through the roof. The anchor is quoted "as fuming over Franken and suggesting darkly that Fox News would somehow destroy the comic."

FOX news moved to protect its biggest money maker over protecting the rights of its employees, having preemptively filed a civil suit in New York Supreme Court charging Mackris and her attorney with attempted extortion.

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