2018-09-24 17:48:07 UTC
Bill OReilly has been thoroughly nationally disgraced for more than a year now,
such an acknowledged menace to women that even Fox News will no longer employ
him. Theres almost no reason to even write about him anymore. Except for one
last, lingering mystery: Why, precisely, is he suing his ex-wife and her divorce
attorney for millions of dollars, alleging fraud, in lawsuits hes fought to
keep secret? A state appeals court in Brooklyn heard oral arguments on Friday
concerning our parent company Gizmodo Medias efforts to unseal both lawsuits,
and we may soon learn the answer.
OReilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy divorced in 2011, for reasons that
became brutally evident: In transcripts of a custody hearing obtained by Gawker,
it was revealed that the couples daughter told a court-appointed forensic
examiner that she witnessed OReilly choking McPhilmy. McPhilmy herself alleged
in an affidavit that OReilly physically attacked her in 2009 after she caught
him naked from the waist down engaging in phone sex with an unknown person.
After their divorce, OReilly continued to go out of his way to make McPhilmy
miserable, using his pull with the Nassau County Police Department to get an
internal investigation launched against her boyfriend, a detective with the
department. After McPhilmy and the detective married, OReilly followed that up
by trying to have her kicked out of the Catholic Church (on the apparent grounds
that God cares more about re-marriage than any of the terrible shit he was
accused of pulling during their marriage).
OReilly and McPhilmy shared residential custody of their two children until
2016, when a New York appeals court granted her primary residential custody,
citing, among other things, the clearly stated preferences of the children,
who were then 13 and 17. Later that year, OReilly announced his plans to sue
McPhilmy for $10 million, accusing her of fraud, making false
misrepresentations and material omissions to get him to go along with their
original divorce and custody agreement. OReilly also alleged that McPhilmy
wanted to use the money from the divorce agreement to finance an existing
extra-marital relationship. He followed up by suing her divorce attorney,
Michael Klar, accusing Klar of aiding and abetting the alleged fraud.