The five women either worked for or made appearances on his program, "The O'Reilly Factor," or were staffers on other Fox programs, according to the Times report. (Image courtesy: Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
New York Times said the company and O'Reilly paid five women $13 million in exchange for their silence
Bill O'Reilly, a star Fox News commentator, has been accused of harassment by at least five women associated with the network, resulting in multi-million dollar payouts, The New York Times reported Saturday.
It said the company and O'Reilly had paid the five women a total of $13 million in the cases that span 15 years, in exchange for their silence and agreeing not to pursue litigation against Fox News, a favorite among conservatives.
While two of the cases were previously known, the Times said it had unearthed three more cases of harassment, two of a sexual nature and one alleging verbally abusive behavior by O'Reilly.
The five women either worked for or made appearances on his program, "The O'Reilly Factor," or were staffers on other Fox programs, according to the Times report.
The women mostly accused O'Reilly of using his powerful position at Fox to pressure them for sexual favors.
The most recent settlement was last year, the Times said.