Bill O’Reilly’s termination at Fox News following a slew of sexual harassment allegations was one of the most surprising twists to occur at the major cable news outlet. O’Reilly had been with Fox News for 21 years and is one of the most well-known political commentators in America.
But a new revelation regarding O’Reilly’s chief accuser casts doubt on the allegations. As Newsmax reports, Perquita Burgess, who claims O’Reilly harassed her with sexually-charged language, was found to have been arrested for making false accusations.
Burgess is the primary accuser behind O’Reilly’s shocking firing from the world-renowned cable network. Although it was the New York Times that led the charge to take down the news host, Burgess’ statements gave Fox the biggest push.
The Times story covered several sexual harassment charges levied against O’Reilly over the years. It noted that he has chosen to settle the cases in court for large sums. But O’Reilly claims he settled in order to save his family from emotional distress.
Alone, the decades-old allegations would have tarnished the newscaster’s reputation, but would not have led to his demise. It was in the middle of the controversy that Burgess added her sensational accusations.
Burgess worked as a clerical temp at Fox News for several weeks in 2008. She alleges that O’Reilly sexually harassed her during that time. Allegedly, the news icon even called Burgess, an African American, “hot chocolate.”
Burgess called Fox News‘ parent company, 20th Century Fox, to report her claims. The media rushed to give her story a voice. The popular left-wing program The View invited her for an exclusive interview.
The controversy of Burgess’ accusation, coupled with sponsor boycotts against the long-running conservative host, led Fox News to pull the plug on the O’Reilly Factor. The political Left essentially brought down one of the Right’s biggest targets.
But the mainstream media seemingly pulled the trigger too soon. Burgess’ past raises major questions about the validity of her claims. Documents from the Detroit Police Department show that on February 11, 2015, Burgess called the police and falsely accused her then-boyfriend of hitting her in the face with a gun. The officer on the scene quickly saw there was no gun nor any sign of injury.
The arresting officer also wrote that Burgess “appeared intoxicated.” Burgess’ boyfriend said she had sought to intimidate him with her threats to call “the cops saying you hit me with a gun!” Police arrested Burgess for filing a false felony report and for violating a personal protection order. In addition, her social media history suggests that her accusations were fabricated.
A 2012 tweet from what appears to be Burgess’ account reads: “up until 10 years ago Laurence Fishburne could get every oz. of my hot chocolate” Burgess’ lawyer says her client’s use of that phrase does not give others “permission to use offensive language about her.”
What the attorney ignores is the convenient use of the identical phrase that Burgess would later attribute to O’Reilly. It appears “hot chocolate” is a common term in Burgess’ vernacular. This gives credence to the idea that her allegations against the former Fox News host are fake.
O’Reilly has called the entire scandal “a well-organized political hit, very well-funded.” According to The Hill, fellow Fox News star Sean Hannity invited O’Reilly on his radio program Monday and invited his colleague to return to the network. As of now, O’Reilly has no plans to return to the network.