Bill O’Reilly – the guy who regularly lectures African Americans about their family values – has reportedly been accused of dragging his then-wife down a staircase while his young daughter watched. UPDATED: O'Reilly denies the allegations.
As you may recall, O’Reilly has been fighting a very nasty custody battle with his ex-wife. According to Gawker, O’Reilly has lost that court case and has appealed. Gawker also reported that the case included testimony about O’Reilly’s physical assault on his wife:
Three weeks ago, a Nassau County Supreme Court justice ended a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, by granting custody of the couple’s two minor children to McPhilmy. Though nearly all documents pertaining to New York family court cases are sealed, Gawker has learned that the justice in the case heard testimony accusing O’Reilly of physically assaulting his wife in the couple’s Manhasset home.
According to a source familiar with the facts of the case, a court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O’Reilly’s daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.
Disturbing, yes. But here’s the kicker, as Gawker notes:
The anchor has spent his highly remunerated career obsessing over patterns of violence among racial minorities, particularly black people, and the apparently unique effect of violence on the integrity of black families. As he fulminated on-air in December 2014: “The astronomical crime rate among young black men—violent crime—drives suspicion and hostility. ... No supervision, kids with no fathers—the black neighborhoods are devastated by the drug gangs who prey upon their own. That’s the problem!”
Or, as O’Reilly claimed in August: “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.”
Maybe O’Reilly should clean up his own house before he whitesplains to others about theirs.
O'Reilly caricature by DonkeyHotey
UPDATE: O'Reilly refutes the allegation. From Politico's On Media blog:
"All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false," the Fox News host said in a statement to the On Media blog, issued through his personal attorney. "I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further."
Translation: I’m hiding under my desk.
Also, this charlatan has never respected court-mandated anything.
BOR: “It is now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense.”
So, using BOR’s, ahem, logic, I have to ask…
When are America’s white leaders going to take responsibility for their broken white homes? Does Obama need to address the break-down of the affluent, white, American family? Is violence and chaos the reason BOR’s white, American family has broken down? Are divorces, er, annulments like BOR’s the reason for the deterioration of America’s white families?
Oh man, this is too fun and it’s all made possible by BOR’s own uber-hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness. Bwaaah!
BOR is a guy who wants to control things HIS way. With a wife and kids, no doubt things were often out of his control. Add to that his obvious anger issues and I can totally believe that BOR could be abusive to his family. I feel sorry for his daughter, Maddy, having seen him (allegedly) do that to her mother.
Thank you, mysterious blonde space god.
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false,”-Oreilly’s latest denial.
There seems to be a pattern of O’Reilly’s inability to admit the truth.
Was it his up-bringing? He claims that he’s never used alcohol or drugs, so what is it that turned him into an abusive lying hypocritical narcissistic asshole?
My opinion is that he enjoys being an abusive lying hypocritical narcissistic asshole when it suits his ego driven needs, but isn’t so fond of people pointing that out in public.
See how easy it is for BillO to simply make it go away?
Too bad Dr. Tiller couldn’t make BillO’s attacks go away…
“Mr. O’Reilly, when did you stop beating your wife?”
What a bully that piece of crap is. We all figured he was mentally and emotionally abusive toward his ex-wife, but now kick in a claim of physical abuse. 6’3" Irish tough guy Bill O’Loofah dragging his wife down a flight of stairs by her neck. What did she do to deserve that, refuse her “wifely obligation” when he came home from work????
And now this.
Antoinette stole my comment about how Ailes is perfectly OK with all that from an employee who trademarks in telling others how to run their home. If he wasn’t, O’Reilly would have been gone, and an on-air infraction would have been cited as the reason. Or his media accountability hypocrisy. Then they’d play dumb when this came out.
Ratings really do beat all, and sometimes that’s just pathetic.
In New York, family court cases are sealed for private reasons. However, physical assaults on another person is a crime, and Billy should be arrested and charged for assault. A complaint is filed and that information becomes public record.
Whether Billy is charged with an assault on his ex-wife is unknown. However, the court of public opinion can be Billy’s doom.
Despite the evidence, Nixon Train Ailes will keep Billy on the payroll. The Trainee has no problem with domestic violence.
A mouthpiece can almost get away with murder, and the Trainee would not fire them.
That’s how these Workplace Bullies roll.