- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday defended Fox News host Bill O’Reilly as a “good person” who may have made a mistake in settling the sexual harassment claims brought against him over the years.

“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Mr. Trump told The New York Times during an interview in the Oval Office.

“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled,” he said. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

The New York Times reported Saturday that five different women who accused Mr. O’Reilly of a range of inappropriate behavior, including verbal abuse and unwanted advances, had received settlements totaling about $13 million from either Mr. O’Reilly or 21st Century Fox in lawsuits dating back to 2002. Mr. O’Reilly has denied the allegations, saying he reached the settlements in order to protect his children from public scrutiny.

More than 20 companies, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Hyundai, have since yanked commercials from “The O’Reilly Factor” and reassigned them to other Fox News programs.

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