Transcript for Fox News' Bill O'Reilly reacts to sexual-harassment settlements
We start this half hour with Fox News channel host bill O'Reilly, reacting to a new report alleging a number of payouts over previous claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. The payouts to five women totalling $13 million. Reporter: Dan and Sara, good morning to you. Two of these settlements were previously reported. According to "The New York Times" it has uncovered three more. "The times" reports some were paid by Fox News parent company. The others, paid by bill O'Reilly. A new report of prior settlements over claims of inappropriate conduct, including alleged harassment by famed fox News host Bill O'Reilly. What we see in "The New York Times" vort the culmination of in years of payouts due to bill O'Reilly's behavior. Reporter: The New York Times investigating the cases of five women. O'Reilly denies the merits of all the claims. He writes, just like other prom intercept and troefrls people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. ABC news has not independently verified the information "The times" claim to haven covered. They reported O'Reilly settled with Rebecca Gomez diamond for $1 million. Before that, the previously reported lawsuit filed by a show producer. Andrea Makris. "The New York Times" now reporting that O'Reilly agreed to personally pay her about $9 million and both parties agree in the settlement that no wrong doing whatsoever had occurred. I knew they were going the say vile things about me. Enough's enough. I just can't have this stuff. Having threats for the last five years. Reporter: Like other women in the article, according to "The times" Makris is bound by a confidentiality agreement. He goes on to say in my more than 20 years of Fox News channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about bhe human resources. Adding I'm a father who cares deeply for my children. I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children. Fox News parent company coming to his defense. Stating1st century fox takes matters of work place behavior very seriously. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those that he regarded as his personal responsibility. We attempted to contact all five women. Those who responded said they could not comment at this time.
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