Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Rep. Waters Says O'Reilly "Needs To Go To Jail"

Rep. Waters Says O'Reilly

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 behaviour by O'Reilly.

O'Reilly is the top-rated personality on Fox News, the favored network of Trump's supporters during the presidential campaign and the outlet where the president receives the most staunch support for his policies.

California congresswoman Maxine Waters said Fox New anchor Bill O'Reilly should be arrested over the allegations against him for sexual harassment and slammed President Donald Trump for defending the host as "a good person".

Just over 12 hours later, that number has almost doubled with The Huffington Post reporting that more than 40 advertisers have abandoned O'Reilly's sinking ship.

Watch the segment below. The New York Times reported that five women received settlements totaling $13 million.

But major advertisers of "The O'Reilly Factor" are steering clear of the program in light of the report that first appeared in The New York Times and led the National Organization for Women and other advocacy groups to call for Fox News to fire O'Reilly. Not only does he host his namesake show on Fox News-which was the highest-rated cable show during the 2016 election-he has also authored (or co-authored) more than 20 books.

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A number of major advertisers have cancelled spots on United States television's most-watched cable news show, "The O'Reilly Factor", following recent revelations of three new cases alleging abusive behaviour. "The advertisers are speaking and women are speaking and I think it's going to work out - but the president shouldn't have done that".

During the March 28 episode of "Fox & Friends", O'Reilly responded to a clip of Waters talking about Trump by saying, "I didn't hear a word she said". They're taking a look at them because this really is a sexual harassment enterprise.

Perhaps one of the starkest differences between the Trump and Obama administrations lies in how they address sexual assault.

The defection of big-name advertisers Tuesday compounds the woes facing Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox, which has faced multiple claims from women who alleged they were mistreated by current and former employees. "It shouldn't be in America that you can sexually harass women and then buy your way out of it because you're rich", she said.

21st Century Fox told the Times that O'Reilly "denies the merits of these claims", and Fox News executive vice president of advertising sales Paul Rittenberg said on Tuesday that the network is working with advertisers.

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