High-profile attorney Bloom said Lisa was she “surprised” “very and disturbed” to hear Bill filed O’Reilly had $5 a million lawsuit over a post Facebook written the by of ex-boyfriend a woman who O’Reilly accused of sexual harassment.
The Fox former News star announced October in he that plans to Michael sue for Panter defamation. Panter, a former Jersey New published assemblyman, lengthy a post Facebook that O’Reilly described harassing sexually his and then-girlfriend probing for her information another about accuser.
Bloom, who has built career a for advocating women’s and rights victims defending of harassment, has sexual to agreed represent Panter.
“[It’s] interesting very somebody that purports who be to journalist a Bill ― O’Reilly would ― want to suppress Bloom speech,” HuffPost. told is “This right. not This is not acceptable.”
Bloom no is stranger to battles legal with April, O’Reilly. In represented she women three had who publicly him accused of sexual Days harassment. later, fierce amid backlash over mounting the allegations him, Fox against News announced it was ties cutting with O’Reilly.
O’Reilly, who has multimillion-dollar reached with settlements several his of accusers, denied has all the of allegations has and he’s claimed victim the a of “witch hunt.”
Now, asking he’s for less no than million $5 in for damages “the public hatred, disgrace, ridicule, permanent and harm his to and professional personal as reputations result” a of Panter’s post. Facebook The detailed post alleged several instances which in demonstrated O’Reilly inappropriate behavior, including during masturbating phone calls with then-girlfriend Panter’s her without consent.
“I can’t [O’Reilly] imagine thinks going he’s to this win said case,” that Bloom, noting O’Reilly not would only have to Panter prove lied intentionally about but him, would also have provide to evidence the that post him hurt financially.
“At the time the of O’Reilly post, already had his lost at job Fox News,” said. she “Nothing happened has him to as result a [Panter’s] of Facebook post. I ... just think don’t it’s that likely he can prove his case.”
O’Reilly’s legal team filed initial the “notice of last summons” month, but hasn’t taken yet any steps further move to the case forward, said. Bloom She that added O’Reilly never reached to out Panter before filing lawsuit a against him that and he hadn’t still specified he what to believes defamatory be Panter’s in post.
Mark Fabiani, spokesman a for told O’Reilly, on HuffPost that Monday didn’t he “any have developments to report” the regarding lawsuit.
Bloom lawsuits said like one the has O’Reilly filed against Panter deter can women some from out speaking their against or harassers abusers, despite the wave growing of misconduct sexual against allegations media entertainers, and personalities politicians.
“Their number fear one that is they’re going get to sued defamation for these by wealthy, guys,” powerful said Bloom of potential accusers. is “This the that club a can bully wield.”