Email Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly has been slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit by a female employee who claims the conservative talk-show host repeatedly subjected her to sexual harassment through dinner and phone conversations variously described as lewd, lascivious, vile and threatening.
O'Reilly, 55, also filed a lawsuit. It claims the alleged victim of the harassment, Fox associate producer Andrea Mackris, 33, threatened him with the lawsuit in an attempt to extort hush money from the Fox News star. The Smoking Gun first reported the charges and counter-charges and posted a copy of Makris' lawsuit on its Web site. Mackris' lawsuit asserts that during a phone conversation this August, O'Reilly suggested she buy a vibrator and was clearly excited.
Before hanging up, she said, O'Reilly told her: The threats stop now. I will not give in to extortion. Morelli would not comment on whether any taped phone conversations exist. Besides the attempt for money, O'Reilly charged that his accuser and her lawyer were trying to embarrass him and Fox News Channel three weeks before the election.
Morelli said his political contributions had nothing to do with the case. Mackris sat next to Morelli at a news conference Wednesday, but did not speak and would not answer questions.
Her complaint said that the first time she noticed odd behavior by O'Reilly came in , when the Fox host allegedly urged her to use a vibrator after her engagement broke off. Mackris' complaint said she told O'Reilly she was not interested in phone sex and felt "trapped" after his first inappropriate phone call. Mackris never complained to anyone at Fox about untoward behavior by O'Reilly, Green said. Fox produced an e-mail Mackris sent to a friend last month, saying things are "wonderful, amazing, fun, creative, invigorating, secure, well-managed, challenging, interesting fun and surrounded by really good, fun people.
I'm home and I'll never leave again. She said O'Reilly told her: I'll rake her through the mud, bring up things in her life and make her so miserable that she'll be destroyed. But these people picked the wrong guy. Westwood One is managed by Infinity Broadcasting.
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