A defamation suit brought against Bill O’Reilly and Fox News has been THROWN OUT of court!
Now can we please get Bill back on nightly TV?
I would love to see him reclaim the 8 EST / 7 Central time slot again on Fox News, how about you?
We miss you Bill, please accept one of the many offers and come back to TV!
President Trump could use your support each night!
Imagine O’Reilly and Hannity back to back like the old days!
It would be so great.
Here’s more on the big court win, from the Washington Examiner:
A federal judge in New York has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and the network.
U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts said Tuesday that former Fox producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein’s allegations of defamation against the host and network are “wholly insufficient,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Bernstein alleged in the lawsuit, filed in December 2018, that O’Reilly violated a settlement agreement that was reached when she accused the former TV host of sexual misconduct against her. The agreement called on both sides not to disparage each other.
She claimed that O’Reilly made statements that were meant to portray her as an “extortionate, politically motivated liar.”
“Plaintiff alleges that she has suffered damages to her reputation, severe emotional distress, physical sickness, special damages, and loss of income as a ‘direct and proximate result’ of O’Reilly’s allegedly defamatory statements,” Batts said when granting the defendant’s motion to dismiss. “However, she neither explains how her losses flowed from the alleged defamation nor alleges any facts establishing what, if any, emotional and physical harms and reputational damage she specifically suffered.”
Batts said Bernstein can file an amended complaint, but would only allow her to bring up allegations against O’Reilly, not Fox.
Bernstein is one of a half dozen women who alleged O’Reilly engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior toward them and then said they signed settlement agreements not to come forward with the accusations.
The Hollywood Reporter had more:
The judge says Rachel Bernstein hasn’t sufficiently spelled out the damage to her reputation.
A New York federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by Rachel Witlieb Bernstein against Bill O’Reilly, Fox News and 21st Century Fox.
Bernstein, a former Fox News producer, was one of a half-dozen women who settled sexual misconduct allegations against Bill O’Reilly. Upon a New York Times exposé — “Bill O’Reilly Thrives at Fox News, Even as Harassment Settlements Add Up” — O’Reilly spoke up in his own defense as 21st Century Fox added a public statement addressing the report of settled claims.
In her lawsuit, Bernstein alleged that these statements defamed her by portraying her as an “extortionate, politically motivated liar.” She also claimed that the statements including O’Reilly’s comment that he was subject to a “smear campaign” breached the non-disparagement and confidentiality provisions of her 2002 settlement agreement.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts addressed the defendants’ motion to dismiss. The judge examined various statements at issue, including Rupert Murdoch’s discussion in an interview that harassment claims at Fox were “nonsense.”
“Plaintiff’s allegations of special damages and defamation per se are wholly insufficient,” writes the judge. “Plaintiff alleges that she has suffered damages to her reputation, severe emotional distress, physical sickness, special damages, and loss of income as a ‘direct and proximate result’ of O’Reilly’s allegedly defamatory statements. However, she neither explains how her losses flowed from the alleged defamation nor alleges any facts establishing what, if any, emotional and physical harms and reputational damage she specifically suffered.”
The defamation claims against Fox fare no better.
The judge rules that Fox’s public statement hardly portrays her as a “liar” and that the company didn’t deny the merits of her allegations against O’Reilly. It’s further held that O’Reilly’s public statements can’t be attributed to Fox News as the company parted ways with its former star anchor upon news reports about settlements. As for Murdoch’s comment, the judge notes he was addressing the Roger Ailes situation, not O’Reilly’s.
Batts dismisses the contract claims on similar grounds, writing that Bernstein has not alleged facts showing damage and that O’Reilly wasn’t a party to the contract. Also, because 21st Century Fox only addressed allegations against O’Reilly generally, the judge adds that Fox couldn’t have “defamed” or “disparaged” her within the meaning of the non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses.
Bernstein can file an amended complaint, but the judge will only allow her to re-plead allegations against O’Reilly, not Fox.