Bill O'Reily Has Been Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Donald Trump Responds Calling Him A "Good Man"
|Bill O'Reily Has Been Accused Of Sexual Harassment And |
Donald Trump Responds Calling Him A "Good Man"
"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled," Trump told the New York Times on Wednesday. "Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong," he said.
"I think he's a person I know well — he is a good person," he said.
The comments came days after the president proclaimed this month as "National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month" where he said "we must develop meaningful strategies to eliminate these crimes" and "protect vulnerable groups."
O'Reilly has denied the merits of all the claims against him, 21st Century Fox said in a statement.
Trump had his own run-in with sexual harassment accusations last October, after an Access Hollywood tape surfaced in which he said he grabbed women by their genitals.
"I don't even wait," Trump can be heard saying in the tape. "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything."
Trump's defense of O'Reilly was similar to his defense of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes last year, when Ailes was facing a litany of sexual harassment allegations.
Ailes, who has denied all of the allegations against him, was forced to resign from Fox News just one week after that interview.
The president also came under fire amid the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, where he's heard boasting about assaulting women. "I just start kissing them.
It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait," he told then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.