Andrea Tantaros recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, calling the network a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.
While her complaint against the former chief sheds light on how things work at the network, it has also put political commentator Bill O’Reilly at the center of a scandal.
Tantaros has alleged that the host of the right-wing show “The O’Reilly Factor” tried to lure her into a "very private" meeting on Long Island where he could see her “wild side” — a personality trait the conservative host was convinced she would display.
The lawsuit states:
“[C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (O’Reilly), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be ‘very private,’ and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could ‘see [her] as a wild girl,’ and that he believed that she had a ‘wild side.’ Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.”
This is not the first time O’Reilly has found himself facing a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In 2004, Fox producer Andrea Mackris sued him for repeatedly subjecting “her to sexual harassment through dinner and phone conversations variously described as lewd, lascivious, vile and threatening.” She also alleged that O’Reilly tried to lure her to his hotel room.
The host reportedly settled the lawsuit for millions.
O’Reilly is not a named defendant in Tantaros’ lawsuit, but as it turns out, new Fox News executive Bill Shine is. The suit claims he was aware of the harassment at the network and told Tantaros to keep quiet about it.