“How many women have to come forward?” That was the question asked by attorney Lisa Bloom asked as she blasted Fox News for the network’s handling of the Sexual Harassment lawsuits against host Bill O’Reilly.
Appearing on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Sunday, Bloom called for an independent investigation into the matter, Huffington Post reported.
“How many millions of dollars have to get paid before Fox News takes sexual harassment seriously?” she said.
“In my opinion, this network is the Bill Cosby of corporate America,”
“Women over and over again are driven out,” she said. “In my opinion, this network is the Bill Cosby of corporate America,” she said, in reference to the dozens of women who have accused the famous comedian of sexual assault.
Bloom’s comments followed a bombshell New York Times investigation published Saturday that revealed payments of about $13 million to five women accusing the primetime star of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, or verbal abuse. One of the five suits, involving former producer Andrea Mackris, made headlines in 2004. Another suit, involving Fox News employee Juliet Huddy was only reported in January. The other three had not been previously reported.
A sixth woman, Dr. Wendy Walsh, told the Times that she rebuffed O’Reilly’s advances and he later didn’t follow through on an offer to make her a network contributor.
Bloom said Walsh will speak out at a press conference Monday in Los Angeles and they “will reveal their new demands to the network,” according to the report.
The revelations about O’Reilly only shed more light on the toxic culture inside Fox News.
Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who built the network with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and ran it for two decades, resigned in July following a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson and amid widespread allegations from women inside the network, including former primetime host Megyn Kelly and many others throughout the executive’s five decades in media and politics.
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is also suing Ailes and top executives at Fox News, which she compared to a “Playboy Mansion-Like Cult.”
Federal investigators are currently looking into whether the network didn’t properly notify investigators about payments to Ailes’s accusers.
While Fox News continues to post high ratings and enjoys the best access to President Donald Trump, the network continues to be embroiled in scandals related to allegations of employee mistreatment.