The ex-wife of Bill O’Reilly claimed in an affidavit filed during the couple’s divorce proceedings that the disgraced Fox News host physically assaulted her when she found him having phone sex.
Maureen McPhilmy filed a notarized account of the incident in which she alleged that O’Reilly ‘flew into a fit of rage’ back in December 2009 when she found him in the middle of an intimate conversation with another person while in a partial state of undress in their bedroom.
From The Daily Mail
She claimed in the court filing that soon after she walked in on O’Reilly, 67, he slammed her against a wall in their bedroom before wrapping his arms around her body and dragging her around their $2.2million Long Island mansion in Manhasset.
The October 11, 2011 affidavit was submitted as an exhibit in O’Reilly’s recent fraud lawsuit against McPhilmy’s divorce attorney Michael Klar and obtained by Jezebel just one week after a judge ordered that the document be sealed.
McPhilmy claimed in the affidavit that a one-foot hole was left in the bedroom wall as a result of O’Reilly throwing her across the room at the start of the alleged altercation.
She was then grabbed by O’Reilly, who wrapped his arms around her so she was unable to move and dragged her down the hallway of their home according to the affidavit.
Then, when they reached the staircase, McPhilmy claimed that O’Reilly began dragging her by the neck and he walked downstairs and through the kitchen, where he eventually let go when they ran into one of their security guards.
The affidavit stated that McPhilmy was screaming out in pain as she was being dragged and telling O’Reilly he was hurting her, but refused to file a report or speak with authorities when approached by the security guard who witnessed the alleged incident.
It was also stated in the filing that the man in the kitchen, who had been hired to protect the family, was caught off guard at the sight of O’Reilly naked from the waist down.
Two of the women who received settlements after accusing O’Reilly of harassment, Andrea Mackris and Juliet Ruddy, stated that they believed he was masturbating when he called them up for unwanted phone sex conversations.
It was later revealed during the divorce proceedings that the couple’s daughter had seen O’Reilly choking her mother at some point towards the end of the marriage, though it is not clear if this was that same incident.
Gawker reported that in 2015 after obtaining portions of the court transcripts from the couple’s custody battle.
O’Reilly successfully sued his wife last year, winning a $14million judgment after claiming she ‘made false representations and material omissions of existing fact … for the sole purpose of inducing Plaintiff to agree to a consensual divorce and to obtain money and real property to finance an existing extra-marital relationship.’
The couple separated in 2010 after 14 years of marriage and divorced a year later.
Those papers were filed just one month after McPhilmy was awarded custody of the children following a four-year court battle during which the couple’s daughter made her aforementioned claim about witnessing abuse in the home.
The former Fox News host denied this allegation, calling it ‘100 per cent false.’
He later added in a statement; ‘All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false.
I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.’
He has also previously denied the claims made by his ex-wife in relation to the altercation at their home, and the phone sex claims of his sexual harassment accusers.
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