Rep. Maxine Waters blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his defense of Bill O'Reilly despite new revelations of numerous sexual harassment allegations leveled against the Fox News host.
Since The New York Times had revealed five settlements amounting to $13 million made by O'Reilly or Fox News against the allegations, the news channel has lost almost 15 of its advertisers.
Reports emerged this week that $13 million were paid to five women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct.
In response to the Times report, O'Reilly's said Saturday that he is "vulnerable to lawsuits" because of his high-profile job.
Representatives for 21st Century Fox told the Times that O'Reilly denies the "merits of these claims" but that he "has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility". "I don't think Bill did anything wrong".
Trump is a regular on O'Reilly's show, and the two have been spotted at baseball game's in year's past with the president granting the Fox News host primetime exclusive interviews. The law firm spoke with numerous other women who said they were victims of predatory behavior by Ailes.
"Just as we trust members to make their own hiring decisions", the statement continued, "we trust them to make their own media consumption decisions".
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Following the report, over 45 companies pulled their ads from airing during The O'Reilly Factor.
Of course, Roger Ailes resigned as Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel a year ago after allegations of sexual harassment.
The systematic harassment and silencing of female employees at Fox News is well-documented and abundantly clear. Now, the National Organization for Women is leading a push to get O'Reilly fired.
"We buy our media quarterly", explained company spokeswoman Katie Henkes, "and are constantly monitoring to make sure our buy aligns with our advertising strategy and our target customers". "But, it's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise that they created over there at Fox". But for now, the network said Thursday that companies pulling ads from The O'Reilly Factor would have their dollars allocated to other Fox shows. The news has sparked an exodus of advertisers telling Fox they didnt want to be involved in OReillys show.
Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media on April 6, 2016 in New York City.
One of O'Reilly's former producers, Joe Muto, said O'Reilly's natural instinct - indeed, a key part of his persona - is to fight back.
In 2011, Fox News terminated its contract with Glenn Beck after 200 companies pulled their advertisements.