When a person makes an accusation, particularly when it’s something of a super serious nature like sexual harassment, it’s critical that the individual making the claim be a credible individual, otherwise, if something bad did happen, it’s likely to go unpunished.
This is a lesson former Fox host Bill O’Reilly’s accuser obviously did not learn or think about, because as it turns out, she was busted for falsely reporting a crime to the police, something that drops some pretty serious doubts on her story about the right-leaning author and television host.
Perquita Burgess, a black woman who worked as a temp at Fox News for a short amount of time, claims that O’Reilly made unwanted sexual advances toward her and called her “hot chocolate.”
Burgess didn’t come forward with her story until after a story broke in the NY Times where other women also accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment, which seems a bit strange, but not unheard of in cases like this.
Her [Burgess] accusations came as O’Reilly’s top-rated show was being boycotted by a number of advertisers following a The New York Times article that said O’Reilly and Fox News reached settlements with five women that totaled $13 million, after they accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Newsmax reported that a Detroit Police report dated Feb. 11, 2015, shows Burgess was arrested for filing a false felony report and for violating a personal protection order.
More from the online news source:
According to the police document, Burgess called authorities and alleged her boyfriend had struck her in the face with a gun. Police said when they arrived at the scene Burgess “appeared intoxicated.”
The arresting officer stated: “I asked Ms. Burgess where the gun was that she was struck with in the face, she replied there is no gun. I again asked her where the gun was, and if she had been assaulted. Ms. Burgess stated there was no gun, and he didn’t assault me!”
The boyfriend told police she had threatened him, saying she would call “the cops saying you hit me with a gun!”
O’Reilly told Newsmax that he has never had a conversation with Burgess.
Now, this is a pretty fishy situation, so I hope there is going to be some sort of thorough investigation by someone into this matter. If O’Reilly is actually guilty of these allegations, he needs to face the music for it and we all need to know this woman was telling the truth.
However, if it turns out she’s a liar that was hired by liberals to sabotage the man’s career, simply because they didn’t like his politics and the fact he supported President Trump, well, then we have a problem.
No one should feel strong armed or threatened into silence simply for holding an unpopular or disliked political position. That’s just plain out right absurd. This is America, where free speech isn’t just a protected right, it’s a principle all citizens should live by and strive to protect.
Also, when someone falsifies reports of sexual harassment, it makes it harder and harder to believe claims when they come out, meaning that those who actually do commit such a crime will get away with it because people will just think the accuser is making up stories.
Many hosts have bit the dust from the Fox News line up due to similar allegations, so either there is a serious, serious problem with the men who work at the network, or they are being targeted by folks on the other side of the spectrum.
Either way, the truth needs to come out.