TV Host and journalist, Bill O’Reilly, was fired from Fox News, due to sexual allegations. After working at Fox News for several weeks in 2008, Perquita Burgess decided to wait and share the alleged behavior long after the fact…in April of this year, shortly after other allegations were made against him. She claims that O’Reilly referred to her as “hot chocolate,” during the time she was employed at the news station. She called a 21st Century Fox hotline accusing him of the misconduct. The call came in just as his program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” was in the midst of an advertiser-boycott campaign that was being led by several liberal organizations.
Evidently, five women had come forward stating that O’Reilly behaved in an inappropriate manner, which led to seven-figure settlements. While he never admitted to the acts which were all over a decade old, he claimed that he signed off on the agreements to protect his family from the controversy.
“I had no idea who this woman was,” O’Reilly said of Burgess after he denied ever having a conversation with her.”So when it came out, it was stunning.”
Burgess didn’t hold back from sharing the alleged conduct and went on “The View” the day after he was fired. She told the audience that he would clear his throat and make a grunting noise when he passed by her desk. She also shared that he told her she was “looking good.”
Shortly after the alleged comments, Burgess shared them with her sister and boyfriend but did not report them to the station. She admitted that the remarks made her feel uncomfortable and felt that she was the victim of inappropriate behavior.
In response to the allegations, O’Reilly stated that they were completely unfounded.
Since then, there has been proof that Burgess may have been lying, as she was arrested due to making false reports in the past. She was also charged with obstructing a court order. In 2015 she called the police, stating that her boyfriend struck her in the face with a gun, however; she appeared intoxicated when police arrived at the scene.
“I asked Ms. Burgess where the gun was that she was struck with in the face, she replied there is no gun,” said the arresting officer. “I again asked her where the gun was, and if she had been assaulted. Ms. Burgess stated there was no gun, and he didn’t assault me!”
At this point, O’Reilly is frustrated that the media published harshly negative accounts about him without checking on the background of the accusers.
“The press just printed everything she said,” he said. “She’s on ‘The View,’ and nobody’s even checking her out? I mean, come on. This is why people use the term witch hunt.”
O’Reilly, who has never been the subject of a human resources complaint in his 42 years of working in the news industry, says that there is not a single ounce of proof that he committed the crimes. He also believes that more evidence regarding his innocence will surface following his departure.