Ex-Fox Anchor Sues O'Reilly Over 'Smear Campaign'

Lawsuit accuses former host of defamation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2018 12:20 AM CDT
Former Fox Anchor Sues O'Reilly for Defamation
Broadcast journalist Laurie Dhue talks with members of the media at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in this 2012 photo.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

A former Fox News anchor is suing Bill O'Reilly for defamation. Former anchor Laurie Dhue filed the lawsuit Thursday in Manhattan federal court. It claims O'Reilly engaged in a "smear campaign" against her and other women who accused him of sexual misconduct, the AP reports. The suit says O'Reilly damaged Dhue's reputation by claiming that she fabricated her allegations to get money. Fox forced O'Reilly out last year after the New York Times reported that at least five women had received payouts of about $13 million from the prime-time star or his network over sexual harassment claims. The newspaper said Dhue received $1 million. Her suit seeks unspecified damages. (Three other women who settled with O'Reilly are also suing for defamation.)

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