The liberal website Gawker reports a “source” told the outlet that Fox News Media personality Bill O’Reilly physically abused his wife in 2011. O’Reilly has responded through his attorney that the allegation is “100 percent false.”
O’Reilly and his former wife, Maureen McPhilmy, completed a three year custody battle three weeks ago regarding the two children from their 15 year marriage, which ended in 2011.
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.
O’Reilly issued this categorical denial through his attorney: “All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false. I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.”
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According to Politico, McPhilmy won custody of their two children.
O’Reilly is often the target of liberal media attacks, and so far the only “evidence” regarding the veracity of the claim comes from Gawker. There is apparently no police record or other concurrent evidence to further substantiate the alleged incident happened.