Trump defends Fox News’ O’Reilly amid passionate bungle allegations

President Donald Trump has shielded embattled Fox News horde Bill O’Reilly, who has come underneath heated inspection over allegations of passionate misconduct.

On Saturday, an review published by The New York Times minute allegations of allotment payments from a network and a horde to 5 women who had indicted O’Reilly of passionate nuisance or misconduct.

Since then, during slightest 50 companies have cold advertisements from his top-rated show.

“I consider he shouldn’t have settled; privately we consider he shouldn’t have settled,” President Trump pronounced in an talk with a New York Times on Wednesday. “Because we should have taken it all a way. we don’t consider Bill did anything wrong.”

Trump finished a comments in a Oval Office, according to a Times, while “surrounded during his table by a half-dozen of his highest-ranking aides.”

Last week, Trump announced Apr “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month,” observant “we all share a shortcoming to revoke and eventually finish passionate violence,” in a White House press release.

Just days before to that, Trump’s lawyers claimed shield from a insult lawsuit brought by Summer Zervos, a former competitor on Trump’s existence show, “The Apprentice,” who pronounced Trump finished neglected passionate hit with her. Zervos was one of several women who came brazen during a 2016 presidential debate observant that Trump had behaved inappropriately toward them. Trump has denied all allegations intended opposite him.

Trump denied Zervos’ claims in a justice filing as “unfounded accusations” that are “false, legally deficient and finished in a pure politically-motivated attack.”

The story published by a New York Times on Saturday pronounced that that 21ST Century Fox, a primogenitor association of Fox News, and O’Reilly had paid some $13 million in settlements to 5 women who finished bungle accusations opposite a host. Some of a settlements reported in a Times story were already famous and date behind to 2004. ABC News has not been means to exclusively determine new information in a Times story.

Asked about a Times’ investigation, 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ primogenitor company, pronounced in a matter that it “takes matters of workplace function really seriously.”

“Notwithstanding a fact that no stream or former Fox News worker ever took advantage of a 21st Century Fox hotline to lift a regard about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over a final few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly. While he denies a merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is entirely committed to ancillary a efforts to urge a sourroundings for all a employees during Fox News,” a matter continued.

In a matter posted on his website on Apr 1, O’Reilly wrote, in part: “Just like other distinguished and argumentative people, I’m exposed to lawsuits from people who wish me to compensate them to equivocate disastrous publicity. In my some-more than 20 years during Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a censure about me with a Human Resources Department, even on a unknown hotline.”

He pronounced that a “worst part” of his pursuit was “being a aim for those who would mistreat me and my employer,” and his “primary efforts will continue to be to put onward an honest TV module and to strengthen those tighten to me.”

On Monday, Fox News writer Julie Roginsky filed a lawsuit opposite Ailes and stream Fox News President Bill Shine.

Ailes’ counsel Susan Estrich called Roginsky’s allegations “total hogwash.” Fox News has not commented on a lawsuit.

Roginsky’s allegations are a latest in a fibre of bungle allegations intended opposite employees of a company.

Last summer, former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned from a association after being indicted of passionate bungle by former network buttress Gretchen Carlson.

Ailes denied a allegations as “false” and “offensive” though Carlson eventually perceived a allotment valued during $20 million, according to a source informed with a deal.

Several other women who worked during Fox News came out with nuisance and bungle claims of their possess after Carlson’s lawsuit became public.

Shortly after Ailes’ resignation, Trump shielded him, telling NBC’s Meet a Press: “He’s been a crony of cave for a prolonged time. And, we can tell we that some of a women that are complaining, we know how most he’s helped them.”

“When they write books that are sincerely recently released, and they contend smashing things about him. And now, all of a sudden, they’re observant these terrible things about him,” Trump pronounced during a time. “It’s really unhappy since he’s a really good person. I’ve always found him to be only a very, really good person. And, by a way, a very, really gifted person. Look what he’s done. So we feel really badly.”

ABC News’ Will Gretsky contributed to this news from New York.

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