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Former Fox News producer claims O’Reilly broke agreement

This Oct. 1, 2015 file photo shows Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor" in New York. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
This Oct. 1, 2015 file photo shows Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor" in New York. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
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NEW YORK – An ex-producer has sued former Fox News Channel personality Bill O’Reilly, claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement related to a 2002 settlement reached over his alleged mistreatment.

The woman, Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, said O’Reilly defamed her by falsely suggesting publicly that claims against him were motivated by politics and money. Bernstein had complained about abuse, non-sexual in nature, by O’Reilly when she worked at Fox.

She said Fox and O’Reilly misled the public by claiming that no one complained to a Fox hotline about his behavior. She said she talked repeatedly to bosses about O’Reilly’s actions, but there was no hotline in place at the time of the incidents.

O’Reilly’s representatives had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan.

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