Bill O’Reilly is once again being sued for defamation by another woman who previously settled a claim with him for $1 million.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Laurie Dhue claims O’Reilly made false and defamatory statements about her in an April 2017 statement with the New York Times and in a statement he released after his dismissal.
Dhue was an anchor at Fox News from 2000-2008. According to the Newsweek, 21st Century Fox paid out a million dollar settlement to Dhue to drop her claims of sexual harassment by O’Reilly and former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.
In a statement after his firing, O’Reilly categorized the numerous allegations against him as “completely unfounded claims.” O’Reilly also told the Times that he was “vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want [him] to pay them to avoid negative publicity.”
In her lawsuit, Dhue says of O’Reilly’s statements: “As part of his desperate campaign to clear his name, O’Reilly published false statements about Dhue—as well as the other women—calling her a liar, swearing that her allegations were fabricated in an effort to obtain a settlement, falsely asserting that her purported claims against O’Reilly were politically motivated, and lying by saying that he only paid settlements to avoid having his family go through litigation, not because he had engaged in the claimed sexual misconduct.”
Three women have previously sued O’Reilly over those same comments.
Dhue makes mention of those other women in her suit, saying, “O’Reilly lied in each of these statements, and caused Dhue and the other women further harm to their reputations.”
As a result of O’Reilly’s comments, Dhue claims she “was indirectly mentioned on John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and there was even a satire of the alleged settlement between Dhue and O’Reilly on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ in April, with Alec Baldwin portraying O’Reilly.”
She also claims her “likeness has been used in conjunction with O’Reilly’s in online advertisements for male enhancement pills,” without her permission.
The suits sums it all up this way: “All of the statements made by O’Reilly were made with malice as the intent of making such statements was to destroy Dhue’s reputation—along with the other women’s reputations he defamed—in order to bolster his own reputation, the only way O’Reilly could attempt to salvage his reputation.”
She is suing O’Reilly for defamation and seeking unspecified damages.
We reached out to O’Reilly — so far, no word back.