Former Fox News Channel personality Bill O’Reilly has faced accusations of sexual misconduct that led to his ouster from the cable network.
One of his accusers had been scheduled to take part in an interview on the subject this week — but his lawyers reportedly intervened to prevent it.
“We decided to postpone her interview”
According to the Daily Beast, O’Reilly settled the sexual harassment suit filed by producer Andrea Mackris and the terms of that settlement included a non-disclosure agreement that barred Mackris from publicly discussing her allegations.
Attorneys reportedly requested and received a temporary restraining order preventing the accuser from appearing on ABC’s The View on Wednesday.
An ABC spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement to the Daily Beast.
“We were notified late yesterday about a temporary restraining order issued by a court against Adrea Mackris,” the individual stated. “We decided to postpone her interview pending further developments. We look forward to welcoming her to The View at a later date.”
O’Reilly’s lawyers sought the order from the New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday, stating: “Mackris intends to further materially breach her legal obligations tomorrow morning, live on national television.”
“I will continue to fight for my voice”
The attorneys went on to argue that her appearance would result in “significant irreparable harm” to O’Reilly’s public image and reputation. For her part, Mackris voiced her displeasure with the court’s ruling.
“I hope the days of the law allowing the silencing of women are over,” she said. “I will continue to fight for my voice.”
The legal controversy follows an earlier interview that Mackris granted to the Daily Beast’s Diana Falzone last week in apparent violation of the non-disclosure agreement.
In that piece, Mackris recalled being pressured by her lawyers in 2004 to accept a $9 million settlement and claimed to have “no memory” of being shown a non-disclosure provision.
“I may not get the past 17 years back, but there is one way I can retrieve my power from this storm of lies, loss, greed, and grief,” she said. “It’s the same thing I did back in 2004 before Fox, Bill O’Reilly, and their teams of willing executioners bound me to a contract that promises to ruin whatever is left of me if I dare do it again. Tell the truth. Walk free.”