A new Washington Post report casts doubt on claims former Fox News guest Wendy Walsh made against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
Walsh alleged during a press conference two weeks ago that "The O'Reilly Factor" host propositioned her at a Los Angeles hotel bar more than four years ago. Walsh said that after she refused, O'Reilly retaliated by taking an offer for a contributor job off the table.
Walsh’s claim came after an April 1 New York Times report that O’Reilly or 21st Century Fox had paid $13 million to settle harassment claims from five women.
Walsh's charge prompted an investigation at Fox by Paul, Weiss, the same law firm that led an internal investigation into former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes last July that led to his forced resignation.
According to the Post report, O'Reilly's defenders say Walsh was a guest on O'Reilly's program 13 times after her hotel meeting with the host, appearing almost weekly for four straight months. O'Reilly also promoted Walsh's book several times on the air.
The report by Paul Fahri says O’Reilly played an instrumental role in getting Walsh on the ABC morning talk show “The View” after the hotel meeting.
"That year, Walsh wrote to one of O’Reilly’s producers in mid-April, asking him for further promotional help. “Please, please, pretty please, can we do a segment on my book on the 25th???” according to an email written by Walsh and shared with the Post.
Producers of the show said Walsh was informed in June 2013 that the almost-weekly segments that she did with attorney Bonny Forrest would be ending.
“I take sexual harassment and racial discrimination very seriously. But I also believe in this instance there are some statements made in press that aren’t consistent with my experience,” Forrest told the Post.
Forrest revealed she has been interviewed by investigating attorneys for Paul, Weiss.
The women’s group UltraViolet will be protesting outside Fox News's offices in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon demanding that O’Reilly be fired.
He is currently on vacation — reportedly in Italy and at the Vatican. He has taken vacations around the Easter holiday in the past.
The network says the 67-year-old host will be back on April 24.