Fox News parent Twenty-First Century Fox Inc said on Sunday it will investigate a sexual harassment claim against TV anchor Bill O'Reilly, who has seen several companies pull their ads from his top-rated news show in the past week. Jonah Green reports.
Twenty-First Century Fox investigating a new claim of sexual harassment against Bill O'Reilly. The TV host has been hemorrhaging advertisers since the New York Times reported he and Fox have paid $13 million to five women who accused him of sexual harassment. Now Fox News' parent company investigating a claim made by a former regular guest on the O'Reilly Factor. Wendy Walsh, a psychologist and radio host, phoned in to the network's corporate hotline last week claiming O'Reilly reneged on an offer to secure her a lucrative job on the network after she declined his invitation to join him in his hotel suite after a dinner in early 2013. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PSYCHOLOGISTS AND TV PERSONALITY DR. WENDY WALSH, SAYING: "He immediately got defensive and said, 'what do you think, I'm gonna attack you or something?' And very soon after he had the executive producer of the show call me and say they're going to take a break from the segment for a little while. But they'd start up again. Well, they did with the other psychologist, but not me. But I knew it was coming." In a statement the company said that they investigate all complaints and have retained the law firm Paul Weiss "to continue assisting the company in these serious matters." The top-rated cable news network has faced heightened scrutiny of its workplace climate after sexual harassment allegations led to the resignation of founding Chairman Roger Ailes last year.