Over the weekend, Bill O'Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani posted a statement on the former FOX network host's website, saying:
Finally, in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline.
There was a tiny problem with the statement. It wasn't true. Megyn Kelly pointed it out on her show Megyn Kelly Today by reading an excerpt from an email she sent in 2016 to executives at FOX complaining about O'Reilly.
In turn, Fabiani released two handwritten notes from Kelly to O'Reilly in an attempt to discredit Kelly. One of the notes was a thank you card for attending her baby shower, and the other thanked O'Reilly for plugging her husband's book.
Meaning what exactly? Trying to say one can't play office politics and be harassed at the same time?— J.N. Duncan (@jimnduncan) October 23, 2017
Ah, the ol' sideways denial. Unfortunately Megyn Kelly not accusing him of never getting thank you notes.— Andréa López (@bluechoochoo) October 23, 2017
This is actually really interesting. His office is pulling the same kind of tangential argument that's used against victims in courtrooms.— ArtistLike (@Artistlike) October 23, 2017
This is wholly irrelevant to the issue of harassment. Power imbalances that led to harassment also lead to making nice with the boss.— Scott Kinney (@Kinney_Scott) October 23, 2017
These notes in no way contradict what Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson might have told Fox News' HR Department about you.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) October 23, 2017
That proves nothing other than you had power over them, which we all know and which makes the allegations against you all the more credible.— JGutierrezKrueger (@jolinegkg) October 23, 2017