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Fox News accuser to meet Ofcom

May 5, 2017

One of the women accusing former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment is meeting with Ofcom as they consider whether to approve the Fox acquisition of Sky.

Wendy Walsh alleges that the TV host withdrew on a job offer after she she rebuffed an approach. The psychologist and radio host claims that after she declined the invitation she lost her regular segment on Fox.

Walsh and Lisa Bloom, the lawyer representing Walsh and other women who have made allegations against O’Reilly, are to meet the UK regulator. Walsh is one of five women who have accused O’Reilly of inappropriate behaviour and have since settled with the company for reported total of at least $13 million.

In a letter to Ofcom, Bloom accused Fox News of having an “utter disregard for the rights of women” and creating a “toxic culture”. She directly compared the Fox attitude over Fox News to News Corps’ over the phone hacking scandal.

Ofcom is due to publish its decision on two Sky investigations by June 20th.

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