Bill O'Reilly lashed out at the New York Times Saturday, saying that the paper's latest story, alleging the former Fox News host paid a massive $32 million settlement to a woman who accused him of sexual harassment, is an attempt to smear him and ruin his career prospects.
"In its latest diatribe against Bill O'Reilly, the Times printed leaked information provided by anonymous sources that is out of context, false, defamatory, and obviously designed to embarrass Bill O'Reilly and to keep him from competing in the marketplace," O'Reilly spokesperson, Mark Fabiani, said in response Saturday.
The statement also accused the Times of "failing to print a sworn affidavit" from Wiehl.
Michael Schmidt, who reported the Times story, disputed this claim on Twitter, circling the parts of the piece that mentioned the affidavit in red.
A spokesperson for the paper also pushed back against Fabiani's claims, stating that "the affidavit he claims our story ignored is quoted in our article twice."
"Mr Fabiani addresses everything but what the story actually says," the spokesperson, Eileen Murphy, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "This article, like our previous reporting on the subject, is accurate and deeply reported and we welcome any challenge to the facts."
In a statement to CNN addressing the report, 21st Century Fox noted that O'Reilly's renewed contract included a stipulation that he "could be dismissed if the company was made aware of other allegations," and said that the network later cut ties with the host based on these terms.
The company also claimed that it has taken action to change the culture of Fox News in the wake of its sexual harassment scandals, including "increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination."