Fox confirms law firm will investigate O'Reilly

Fox confirms law firm will investigate O'Reilly
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21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, confirmed Sunday night it will investigate a sexual harassment claim against prime-time host Bill O'Reilly.

The investigation follows a complaint by Wendy Walsh, a former periodic guest on "The O'Reilly Factor," who phoned in a complaint to the network's workplace misconduct hotline last week. Walsh's complaint was recorded with her lawyer, former NBC contributor Lisa Bloom, and posted on YouTube.

And it comes after a New York Times story revealed Fox or O'Reilly had paid out $13 million to settle harassment cases against him.

"21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters," the company said in a statement.

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Paul Weiss is the same law firm hired by 21st Century Fox to look into sexual harassment claims against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes following a lawsuit filed by former host Gretchen Carlson. Ailes would resign just days after Paul Weiss launched its investigation. 

Walsh, a psychologist and radio host, said O'Reilly reneged on an offer to secure her a lucrative job on the network after she declined his invitation to join him in his hotel suite after a dinner in early 2013.
 
More than 60 companies have dropped their ads from the Fox News prime-time program.

Jenny Craig, Subaru, Advil, Ancestry, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, Untuckit, Allstate, Esurance, T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Credit Karma were among the companies.

Fox indicated in a statement last week that ads were being shifted to other programs on the network.

O'Reilly's program has been the highest rated in cable news for 15 consecutive years.