The woman who has accused legendary broadcaster Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment was herself arrested for giving a false report to police.
Back in April, O’Reilly was terminated from his top-rated Fox news show after Perquita Burgess claimed he made sexually suggestive comments to her – including referring to her as “hot chocolate.” The harassment allegedly occurred in 2008 when Burgess worked as a secretarial temp for several weeks.
Burgess was not the only one who made the allegations, But after a New York Times story detailing other sexual assault allegations, Burgess called a HR hotline at 21st Century Fox to claim workplace misconduct, NewsMax is reporting.
When she came forward with her charges, O’Reilly’s show “The O’Reilly Factor,” was already on the ropes, besieged by an advertiser boycott pushed by several leftist groups.
The boycott began after reports that a multi-million-dollar settlement was reached with five women who said O’Reilly was inappropriate with them. O’Reilly contributed to the settlement amount and said he did so to protect his family. He denied any guilt and all of the allegations were more than a decade old.
Burgess’ most recent allegation, was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” NewsMax reports.
“I had no idea who this woman was,” O’Reilly told Newsmax. O’Reilly denied ever having a conversation with her.
“So when it came out, it was stunning,” he said.
The day after O’Reilly was fired, Burgess went public with her account in a high-profile appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
Burgess told the audience she noticed O’Reilly making a “grunt noise,” or clearing his throat, when he passed by her desk.
She said on another occasion he remarked, “Looking good there, girl!”
Burgess, an African-American woman, also said O’Reilly once called out to her, “Hey, hot chocolate.”
She said the remark was “very plantational.”
Burgess said she found the remarks to be “uncomfortable and embarrassing.”
But since the allegation, evidence has surfaced that calls Burgess’ truthfulness into question.
A police report out of Detroit shows Burgess was arrested on charges of making false police reports and obstructing a court order. The report indicates Burgess called police on her boyfriend, saying he struck her in the face with a gun. When police arrived, Burgess appeared intoxicated.
The arresting officer stated: “I asked Ms. Burgess where the gun was that she was struck with in the face, she replied there is no gun. I again asked her where the gun was, and if she had been assaulted. Ms. Burgess stated there was no gun, and he didn’t assault me!”
The boyfriend told police she had threatened him, saying she would call “the cops saying you hit me with a gun!”
According to the police document, Burgess was arrested for filing a false felony report and for violating a personal protection order.
Burgess’ attorney acknowledges the arrest, but said the charges were based on a “misunderstanding.”
In another document obtained by Newsmax, Burgess used her social media account in November 2012 to tweet: “… up until 10 years ago Laurence Fishburne could get every oz. of my hot chocolate.”
Bloom’s attorney again addressed the tweet, saying that “Ms. Burgess has used many terms to refer to herself, including on occasion ‘bitch’ and the N word. That does not give others – especially her superiors in her workplace – permission to use offensive language about her.”
O’Reilly said the press went hog-wild reporting everything she said about him.
“The press just printed everything she said,” he said. “She’s on ‘The View,’ and nobody’s even checking her out? I mean, come on.”
“This is why people use the term witch hunt,” he said.
What do you think? Was it a “witch hunt” or was Fox justified in firing O’Reilly? Sound off in the comments section.