The revelations come after the ousting of the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, over a similar pattern of serial harassment. Like Ailes, O'Reilly is alleged to have retaliated against the careers of women who rebuffed his sexual advances. Ailes left Fox with a $40 million "exit package," and briefly offered his services to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
In addition to the settlements, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit against the network last summer accusing O’Reilly and Ailes of sexual harassment. She says she suffered professional retaliation after making the complaints. Her lawsuit describes an "effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation and retaliation,” as well as lurid descriptions of the work environment for its female employees.
"Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” Tantaros' suit reads.
The Justice Department is currently investigating Fox's settlements with numerous women who accused Ailes of sexual harassment and retaliation, saying the network may have hid the information from its shareholders. Yet many worry the investigation will stall after the Trump administration fired the man leading the case: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.