Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly is alleged to have dragged ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, according to evidence heard during a bitter court custody battle.
The incident happened at the couple’s Manhasset home, reports Gawker.
Here’s what you need to know about the shocking accusation:
1. Their Daughter ‘Saw The Assault’
A court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O’Reilly’s daughter, Madeline, claimed to have witnessed her father dragging her mother down a staircase by her neck. He was apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.” target=”_blank”>reports Gawker.
The incident is said to have happened before the couple separated in 2010. The same court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O’Reilly’s daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.
2. McPhilmy Won Custody of Their Two Children
A Nassau County Supreme Court Justice ruled three weeks ago that McPhilmy, a 49-year-old PR executive, should have custody of the couple’s two children, Madeline, 16, and Spencer, 11, writes Gawker.
As part of their custody agreement, the couple agreed to a child therapist who would arbitrate any potential custodial disputes.
But McPhilmy charged in court papers that O’Reilly “hired the children’s therapist as a full-time employee to perform virtually all of his parental duties.”
3. O’Reilly Claims The Abuse Allegations Are ‘100% False’
O’Reilly emphatically denied the claim in a statement issued through his attorney, Fred Newman of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP.
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false. I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further,” read the statement.
Earlier this year O’Reilly’s journalistic credibility was called into question amid accusations that he had exaggerated the danger he faced while covering the Falklands War in 1982. O’Reilly was adamant he was not a liar and that his recollections were accurate.
4. O’Reilly Believes Violence Against Women is a ‘Terrible Plague’
The news anchor is outspoken in his stand against domestic violence, as seen in the video above.
In March 2013, O’Reilly was accused of trying to ban his ex-wife from the Catholic Church.
He allegedly told the church that McPhilmy was receiving communion even though she’d been divorced and remarried and that she’d been telling their children that her second marriage was valid in the eyes of God, reports the Daily Mail.
5. She’s Now Married to a Police Detective
The couple separated in April 2010 after 15 years of marriage, and McPhilmy started dating a Nassau police detective. The divorce came through in 2011.
Gawker claims O’Reilly contacted high-placed connections within the New York Police Department to trigger an internal affairs investigation into the detective and his relationship with McPhilmy.