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Choking, Harassing, and Loofahs: Womens Allegations Against Bill OReilly Piled Up for Years Before His Demise

Bill OReilly is done at Fox News.

The reign of the most-watched host on the right-wing cable news network is coming to an end after two full decades, brought down by a perfect storm of newly unearthed sexual-harassment accusations, a massive advertiser boycott, and the absence of Roger Ailes, a fellow serial harasser of women, to protect him.

21st Century Fox confirmed the end of OReillys tenure in a Wednesday statement: After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill OReilly have agreed that Bill OReilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.

Even though this latest spate of accusations were what led to his on-air demise, OReilly has had a long, troubling history with women in both the workplace and at home.

In October 2004, the OReilly Factor star was hit with possibly the greatest lawsuit in the history of cable news: then-associate producer Andrea Mackris accused OReilly of sexual harassment, quoting the famed gasbag verbatim from phone calls she surreptitiously recorded.

According to the suit, the at-times tyrannical and menacing OReilly would masturbate while on the phone with Mackris, at other points suggesting she purchase a vibrator; engage in phone sex or a threesome with him; and listen to lurid details of his alleged sexual encounters with a cabana masseuse, airline stewardesses, and Thai sex-show workers.

Perhaps most famously, OReilly fantasized to Mackris how hed like to shower with her and fondle her with a loofah, which he mistakenly called a falafel thing later in the call, according to a transcript.

Mackris also alleged that the then-married OReilly threatened to make any woman who complains about his behavior pay so dearly that shell wish shed never been born. Two weeks later, he settled the case with a payout around $9 million.

Two years earlier OReilly settled with a junior producer named Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, according to the New York Times. Bernstein accused him not of sexual harassment but of belligerent, bullying behavior, including storming into the newsroom to scream at her.

At home, OReillys temper was no less a problem.

According to court documents from his vicious custody battle with ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy, OReilly may have engaged in domestic violence. As Gawker reported at the time, the ex-couples teenage daughter told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she witnessed OReilly choking her mom as he dragged her down some stairs by the neck. OReilly had told his daughter that her mother was an adulterer, according to court transcripts, and that he struggled to stop himself from going ballistic around his family.

Meanwhile, the sexual-harassment allegations from co-workers continued to pour in. As the Times unearthed last month, former Fox Business Network anchor Rebecca Gomez Diamond had also secretly recorded phone calls in which OReilly made unwanted advances on her.

When Fox News decided not to renew her contract in 2011, Diamond and her lawyers outlined their case against OReilly and he reportedly paid out an undisclosed amount to settle it.

In 2016, after Fox News chief Ailes was ousted for his own alleged sexual-harassment of women, former anchor Laurie Dhue outline sexual-harassment complaints against both OReilly and Ailes. Dhue walked away with a reported settlement from 21st Century Fox worth more than $1 million.

Around the same time, former regular Factor guest Juliet Huddy received a $1.6-million settlement, over complaints that OReilly had pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011 while in control of her airtime, according to the Times. Her lawyers told Fox News that at one point the OReilly tried to kiss her, and when she pulled away and fell to the ground, he refused to assist her. He then allegedly worked to blunt her career prospects, the Times added.

Another former regular guest, Wendy Walsh, recently accused OReilly of propositioning her in 2013 to come up to his Los Angeles hotel suite after a dinner in which he promised to help her obtain a contributor deal with Fox News.

After Walsh said she rebuffed his advances, OReilly allegedly became irate, threatening her career, and even insulting her black leather purse. Though she continued to appear on the show for several more months, Walsh recalled feeling her Fox News career prospects slipping away. She never became a Fox News contributor.

On Monday, another accuser, represented by lawyer Lisa Bloom claimed OReilly called her hot chocolate (she is black) and would grunt and leer at her in the workplace.

Additionally, former Fox News commentator Andrea Tantaros, who is in the middle of a legal battle with the network over alleged Ailes harassment, claimed in her lawsuit that OReilly had made unwanted advances on her, including inviting her out to his Long Island home where he said it would be very private.

The conservative pundits therapist backed the claims, recalling a number of occasions when Andrea complained to me about recurring unwanted advances from Bill OReilly.

OReilly has vociferously denied all of the accusations made against him, with his lawyer often issuing overwrought statements about how the volcanic host has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.

But with Ailes gone and the younger sons of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch asserting greater control of the company, OReilly has no one left to protect him.

Bill-O can rest easy, however, knowing he has one defender: President Donald Trump, who said, I dont think Bill did anything wrong.

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