You have to wonder if Fox News has a line on their budget for "Sexual Harassment Settlements"?
The company has dolled out millions to seattle claims against for Fox News boss Roger Ailes. But, with Ailes gone, the claims just keep on coming.
Word is that Fox paid off Juliet Huddy to settle claims of Sexual harassment by Bill O'Reilly and Fox News co-President Jack Abernethy.
Huddy claims she was booted from O'Reilly's show "in retaliation for rebuffing Mr. O'Reilly's advances."
Huddy was knocked down to an anchor job at the NY Fox O&O.
The NY Daily News says that Huddy sent the six-page notice in early September and received a settlement in “the high six figures” within a matter of days, according to in-house sources. She then abruptly resigned from the network, claiming in a departure letter that it was time "to move on and shake things up."
Huddy's September letter contains lurid details about how O'Reilly allegedly tried to kiss her when she visited his Long Island home. It also claims that there was some sort of incident at a New York City hotel after she went to "return a room key," in addition to O'Reilly frequently making sexually charged comments while on the phone with her.
The letter also mentions newly appointed Fox News co-President Jack Abernethy, who Huddy claims made inappropriate comments and "constantly" asked her to come by his office.
Both O'Reilly and Abernethy denied the allegations from the start and neither of the two ended up contributing any personal funds to Huddy's settlement, according to sources.
A spokesperson for Fox News released a statement saying the letter "contains substantial falsehoods which both men vehemently denied."