In an interview on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump defended TV anchor Bill O’Reilly, after sexual harassment claims were reported against him. In an interview with the New York Times speaking about O’Reilly, Trump said “I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person.”
Over the weekend the New York Times reported that Fox and O’Reilly paid $13 million to settle claims with five women who accused him of sexual harassment. In the interview, Trump added that O’Reilley shouldn’t have settled,, “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
The Washington Examiner reports,
The Times reported over the weekend that in recent years, O’Reilly and Fox have settled several claims with women at the network who have accused the anchor of inappropriate sexual behavior. The settlements totaled about $13 million, according to the report.
O’Reilly, through his lawyer, has denied any wrongdoing and said he is at risk of such claims, due to his high-profile status.
Roger Ailes was ousted as the CEO of Fox News after facing similar claims. In an interview with the Washington Examiner last summer, Trump also defended Ailes.