Perquita Burgess, the latest woman to come forward with serious allegations of harassment at the hands of former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, went public with her identity and told her story in an appearance this morning on ABC’s “The View.”
Burgess, who worked as an office worker at Fox News in 2008, described a pattern of inappropriate sexual and racial comments aimed at her by O’Reilly. Among her allegations, O’Reilly would make grunting noises whenever he walked by her desk, something she said “was embarassing, so I just got to a point where I was not looking at him.”
Burgess said O’Reilly soon escalated the inappropriate behavior, making unwelcome comments about her appearance, leering at her openly in the office, and calling her by the nickname “hot chocolate.”
Burgess’ came forward with her allegations earlier this week, but remained anonymous until her “The View” appearance this morning. Her accusations went public just prior to Fox News’ decision to part ways with O’Reilly. The “O’Reilly Factor” host had already been weathering a serious scandal that kicked off when the New York Times reported that Fox news had paid out $13 million to settle 5 separate sexual harassment lawsuits against O’Reilly.
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“I WAS MORTIFIED.” Bill O’Reilly accuser Perquita Burgess recounts the alleged sexual harassment by the former Fox News host. pic.twitter.com/PQEZQzP7eL
— The View (@TheView) April 20, 2017