In a recent interview, Rep. Maxine Waters referred to Fox News as “a sexual harassment enterprise.”
“They are two of a kind,” Waters said. “I’m not surprised.”
“It’s all catching up with Bill O’Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise at Fox [News],” she added, referencing the advertisers who have said they will not buy spots during O’Reilly’s show The O’Reilly Factor.
O’Reilly has made headlines this week after a report from the New York Times revealed that five women that accused him of sexual harassment received a total of $13 million for agreeing not to pursue litigation or discuss their accusations.
From The Times report:
“The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews.”
O’Reilly also recently came under fire for offensive remarks directed at Waters.
During a segment on Fox & Friends, O’Reilly and several other Fox News pundits viewed video footage of Waters speaking on the House floor, where the congresswoman proceeded to question the patriotism of Donald Trump’s supporters.
“[African-Americans] fight against this president, and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we’re fighting for the democracy,” Waters said. “We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but they’ve turned a blind eye to the destruction that he’s about to cause this country, ‘You’re not nearly as patriotic as we are.'”
Following Waters’ comments, O’Reilly responded by mocking her, saying afterward he did not hear a word of what Waters said because he was distracted by “the James Brown wig.”
“I didn’t hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly’s comments resulted in a backlash and he ultimately apologized, saying that his comment on Waters’ hair was “dumb.”
Watch the exchange between Waters and Hayes below.