I’ll give disgraced former Fox News employee Bill O’Reilly this much credit, it takes some “stones” to publicly declare that you’re completely innocent of ever sexually harassing a woman when you’ve settled at least six different lawsuits for a combined estimated total of around $45 million. Especially coming off the most recent report that just before inking a new 4-year $25 million annual contract with Fox News, you had just settled that sixth lawsuit for a jaw-dropping $32 million with former network contributor Lis Wiehl.
I’m sorry, but innocent people don’t come to $32 million agreements with their accusers.
So, what’s O’Reilly’s defense for all these settlements? That he was simply trying to avoid long legal battles that could have hurt his family.
In other words, O’Reilly’s essentially saying that he’s never sexually harassed anyone, but that these six women with whom he’s come to these agreements were all just out to get him.
It’s easy to see why he’s such a big fan of Trump, they’re basically the same person:
- Deny all allegations.
- Paint yourself as the victim.
- Attack the accusers.
- Blame the media.
- If all else fails, push conspiracies.
In this instance, O’Reilly is claiming that the media is working against him to keep him from reestablishing his career in television.
“The New York Times wants to take me out of the marketplace,” O’Reilly said. “Media Matters is involved, CNN is involved, that is beyond any doubt.”
Though O’Reilly’s “smoking gun” in all of this is a sworn affidavit he released from his $32 million settlement with Wiehl where she swore under oath that they had “resolved” their issues and that she would “no longer make the allegations” against him.
To put that in another way, upon agreeing to a $32 million settlement with O’Reilly, his accuser, Lis Wiehl, signed an affidavit that said, “We have since resolved all of our issues. I would no longer make the allegations contained in the draft complaint.”
Of course she signed that affidavit — he paid for her silence!
But, yes, that’s the big “smoking gun piece of evidence” O’Reilly produced on Monday he claims vindicates him. A sworn affidavit from his accuser, not declaring that he’s innocent of sexually harassing her, just that after “resolving all of their issues” (aka he agreed to pay her $32 million) she would “no longer make the allegations contained in the draft complaint.”
Just for the record, paying off an accuser with a huge sum of money doesn’t “prove innocence.” In fact, it pretty much does the opposite. I think it’s safe to assume that the evidence Wiehl had against O’Reilly was fairly substantial considering he settled for a whopping $32 million. I’m not saying innocent people never settle, I’m simply saying they typically wouldn’t settle for that large an amount of money.
And, of course, O’Reilly has said he can’t prove all of this is just media-driven lies pushed against him to keep him off television because, you know, the settlement and all.
How convenient, right?
The only “evidence” he has to “prove his innocence” is the sworn affidavit from the woman who accused him whom he paid $32 million to silence. Yet he can’t provide any further evidence to “prove his innocence” because of the legally binding nature of that very same settlement.
Everyone will just have to take his word that he’s telling the truth.
You’d have to be an absolute idiot to buy this load of garbage.
It’s not as if O’Reilly came to an agreement with one woman during his career for a fairly small sum of money. He’s come to these agreements with at least six women (that we know of), for roughly $45 million total. One of which happened just this past January for a whopping $32 million.
The fact that O’Reilly thinks this sworn affidavit proves his innocence only serves as yet another example of how warped his mind is. To be so deranged that he would actually think that a letter from the woman who he paid $32 million to be silent somehow “proves his innocence” is laughable.
Bill O’Reilly can keep declaring his innocence while pushing all the conspiracies he wants. After all, that’s what most frauds and con artists do. But the fact remains that despite whatever spin he wants to put on these allegations, O’Reilly’s come to agreements with at least six different women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment for a total of around $45 million — and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to realize innocent people don’t do that.
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