Bill O’Reilly accuser goes public about his sexual harassment, racial discrimination
The day after Fox News star Bill O’Reilly was finally forced out amid a serial sexual harassment scandal, one of his accusers went public to describe the sexual and racist harassment she endured while working around him.
Perquita Burgess called a 21st Century Fox hotline earlier this week to report the incident and remained anonymous until she went public on “The View” Thursday. Burgess is the woman whose claims that O’Reilly called her “hot chocolate” became public earlier this week.
Burgess was a an office worker for another broadcaster at the network in 2008, when, within her first week, she started noticing that O’Reilly would make a grunting noise as he passed her desk. “It was embarrassing,” she told “The View” panel, “so I just got to a point where I just did not look at him.”
O’Reilly also went on to make comments to her such as “Looking good there girl,” and would “leer at me, and look at me up and down” and stare at her cleavage. She classified it as “like street harassment in the office.”
Host Whoopi Goldberg said Burgess “may have been the final nail in the coffin” of O’Reilly’s career this week.
Burgess, who as of today has more television presence than O’Reilly, said she held off on reporting him out of worry for her career, but she eventually reported him because she “wanted to save him from doing it to anyone else.”
[screen shot: The View]