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Tue Nov 20, 2018, 10:40 AM

Bill O'Reilly drops lawsuit against a former N.J. assemblyman

Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has dropped his defamation lawsuit against a former state assemblyman over a Facebook post about O'Reilly's alleged sexual harassment of women. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco's order last week dismissing the case in the Eastern District of New York came two days after lawyers for O'Reilly gave notice he was dropping his claims against former Democratic assemblyman, Michael J. Panter. O'Reilly had filed notice of the lawsuit last year in New York Supreme Court in Nassau County after Panter posted on Facebook about an ex-girlfriend, whom Panter said had settled harassment claims against the television host.

Panter, a Monmouth County resident who served in the state Assembly from 2004 to 2008, said O'Reilly had also contacted his ex seeking information to discredit the accusations of another woman. O'Reilly, who on Twitter accused Panter of "lying" about him, had sought at least $5 million in damages for "the public hatred, ridicule, disgrace, and permanent harm to his professional and personal reputations" he claimed were caused by the Facebook post.

"In my opinion, Bill O'Reilly is a bully who attempted to use the legal system to generate publicity for himself and to scare a good and decent man into retracting his support for O'Reilly's accusers," attorney Lisa Bloom, whose firm represented Panter, said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"He failed," Bloom said. "The bully backed down when Michael Panter and our legal team stood up to him. We hope this case teaches everyone to stand up for their rights, even against powerful multi-millonaires. The legal system is here for all of us, regardless of wealth or power."

Panter, in his own lengthy statement on Facebook, said O'Reilly had used the courts "as his own public relations tool, hoping those challenges would scare me away." "They didn't," Panter said. O'Reilly's attorneys did not immediately respond Wednesday morning to a request for comment on his behalf.

The former television host never filed a formal complaint against Panter, whose attorneys indicated in court filings last month they intended to seek the dismissal of the case. O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor, was fired by Fox News in April 2017 after multiple sexual harassment allegations against him were publicized.

https://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2018/11/bill_oreilly_drops_case_against_ex-nj_assemblyman.html

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Tue Nov 20, 2018, 11:44 AM

1. Right out of the douchebag playbook, page 1

Somethingthe Orange Shitgibbon uses continuously. My Father used it hundreds of times.
Threaten to sue. If nobody bites, then file suit..then it all goes away, then when nobody cares anymore, settle or drop the suit.

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