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Perquita Burgess claims Bill O’Reilly sexually assaulted her and once called her “hot chocolate” when she worked a Fox News briefly. Burgess previously kept her name out of the media, but later came forward in an interview on The View on April 20.
Burgess first came forward on April 18, but did attorney Lisa Bloom did not reveal her name. A day later, O’Reilly was fired by Fox News.
Here’s what you need to know about Burgess.
1. Burgess Said She ‘Felt Triumphant’ When O’Reilly Was Fired
After hearing the news that O’Reilly was fired by Fox News, Burgess said she felt “triumphant.”
“I felt triumphant” when O’Reilly was fired, she told The View. “Very cathartic.”
2. Burgess Says O’Reilly Called Her ‘Hot Chocolate’ & Leered at Her
Before Burgess appeared on The View, Bloom told The Hollywood Reporter that O’Reilly “would never talk to [Burgess], not even hello, except to grunt at her like a wild boar. He would leer at her. He would always do this when no one else was around and she was scared.”
3. ‘Bill O’Reilly Likes Black Women,’ Burgess Tweeted in 2014
Although Burgess’ Twitter account is now private, she revealed to The View that she complained about O’Reilly on the social network. “I contacted @ fox news for 6 months a few years ago bill oreilly is a piece of XXXX,” she wrote in October 2010.
In March 2014, she wrote, “Bill O’Reilly likes black women… I’ll leave it at that.”
4. Burgess Is a Howard University Graduate
According to her LinkedIn page, Burgess is a Howard University graduate, earning her degree in 1992.
She only has a few positions listed on her LinkedIn profile. From 2008 to 2011, she was a Marketing Business coordinator at TIAA-CREF. From 2004 to 2008, she worked at Altrai Corporate Services.
5. O’Reilly Denied Burgess’ Claims on April 18, Calling Them Part of an ‘Obviously Orchestrated Campaign’ Against Him
After Burgess’ claims were published by The Hollywood Reporter, O’Reilly quickly sent a statement to CNN through his attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz. He denied her claims, calling them part of a campaign against him.
“It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations,” Kasowitz said.
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April 20, 2017 12:54 pm