Fox News to investigate new harassment claim against Bill O'Reilly

(Fox News/YouTube via MGN Online)

Fox News has hired outside counsel to investigate a claim of sexual harassment against host Bill O'Reilly lodged by a former contributor on his show.

The news comes one week after the New York Times reported payouts that settled accusations of inappropriate behavior. The Times reported O'Reilly or 21st Century Fox paid $13 million to five women since 2002.

Wendy Walsh contacted the newspaper, and Fox's anonymous hotline last week to report her claims.

She is represented by Lisa Bloom.

Walsh claims she and O'Reilly went to dinner in Los Angeles in 2013 to discuss the possibility of a paid contributor role on the network.

After declining his alleged offer to join him in his hotel room, the contributor believes she was soon dropped from the show.

The statute of limitations has run out to sue him for the allegations.

Walsh has since insisted "nobody can buy my voice."

21st Century Fox released a statement that they investigate "all complaints."

The company last week stood by the anchor, who released a statement, "just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity,"

A number of advertisers, however, pulled their ads from his show in response to the allegations.

The news has made its way to parody on Saturday Night Live, where Alec Baldwin lampooned the anchor talking to President Donald Trump about it on his talk show, as April is considered Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Law firm Paul Weiss will investigate Walsh's new claims.

Offbeat News