Fox News settles longtime correspondent’s sexual harassment claim against its prime-time superstar
Juliet Huddy, a longtime host and correspondent for Fox News, has quietly reached a settlement for a sexual harassment claim she filed against top-rated host Bill O’Reilly and the co-president of the network, Jack Abernethy.
According to a report by Law Newz’s Rachel Stockman, Huddy notified Fox that she intended to sue for harassment after multiple alleged instances of inappropriate behavior from the two men. The claim was one of several from women who have worked at Fox News, including several who alleged harassment by the cable channel’s founder, Roger Ailes.
In the “intent to sue” letter, a copy of which Law Newz said it had obtained, Huddy stated that the harassment she experienced from O’Reilly began shortly after she was moved over to his program after a long stint as host of the “Fox and Friends” weekend edition.
Huddy claimed that O’Reilly tried to kiss her at his Long Island home and made several sexually suggestive phone calls. Law Newz also mentions “an incident” at an unnamed hotel, when Huddy attempted to return a room key to O’Reilly, but provides no further details.
According to the letter, after Huddy declined O’Reilly’s propositions, her regular segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” was abruptly canceled, although it was one of the most popular segments on the show. Thereafter, she was reassigned to a Fox-owned broadcast station in New York and given an anchor position for a 4:30 a.m. morning show, a position she deemed less prestigious. The change, she alleged, was “in retaliation for rebuffing Mr. O’Reilly’s advances.”