David Bauder of the Associated Press has more on the Bill O’Reilly sexual harrassment story.
Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly made a TV talk show appearance on what he said was “the worst day of my life” Thursday, vowing to fight sexual harassment charges by one of his producers.
Accuser Andrea Mackris spoke publicly for the first time, saying she felt threatened by her former boss, who filed a lawsuit charging the woman and her lawyer with extortion.
Mackris, 33, said O’Reilly made a series of sexually explicit phone calls to her. Mackris, an associate producer on Fox News Channel’s top-rated “The O’Reilly Factor,” said he advised her to use a vibrator, told her about sexual fantasies involving her and engaged in unwanted phone sex.
During an appearance to promote his children’s book on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” O’Reilly said he’d been repeatedly threatened with lawsuits and bodily harm over the past few years. He said he knew that by filing his lawsuit, he could perhaps ruin his career.
“If I have to go down, I’m willing to do it,” he said. “I’m going to take a stand. I’m a big mouth on the air and I’m a big mouth off the air.”
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