Bill O’Reilly has angered people all over the United States, namely African-Americans and women. When the longtime Fox News anchor was fired from the network days ago, people everywhere rejoiced but no one was probably more pleased than a woman named Perquita Burgess. For those who don’t know who she is, she’s one of the women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment. Now, for the first time, Burgess is sharing her side of the story.
No Longer Silent:
Earlier this week, Burgess appeared on The View where she openly detailed the sexual harassment she suffered during her interactions with O’Reilly. According to New York Daily News, she described him with one word – cathartic. “It’s very cathartic; very cathartic,” she said. She went on to share details about the first time he sexually harassed her. Apparently, it didn’t take long for O’Reilly to show his true colors because Burgess claims the harassment began within one week of her starting as a temp worker in the office of one of his colleagues. Needless to say, Burgess was mortified.
“One day, he walked past my desk … and says, ‘Hey, hot chocolate.’ But he didn’t look at me when he said it, and I didn’t respond. I was mortified,” Burgess said. “Because not only was it sexual, I took that as a very plantational remark,” she added. “I’ve been around enough racism … Such a blatant person with such a high profile making me feel uncomfortable but then not even acknowledging me.”
Check out Burgess’ interview:
Things Got Worse:
However, O’Reilly didn’t stop with just words alone. Burgess revealed he went a step further by making awkward, grunting noises when he would walk by her desk. “He always walked past my desk, and he made a grunting noise … when he made the noise, I thought maybe he had a muscle spasm,” she said. Although she initially tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, she soon realized what was really going on. Since he’d only make noises when no one was around, she realized his actions were intentional.
“But as time went on, I noticed every time he walked past my desk, if no one was around, he would make that noise,” Burgess continued. “He wasn’t speaking to me; it wasn’t like he was saying hi … It was embarrassing. So I got to a point where I just did not look at him.”
“The hairs rose on the back of my neck,” she said.
She revealed O’Reilly would make other inappropriate comments and look at her in ways that made her uncomfortable. “I could feel like he was looking at my cleavage, making me uncomfortable,” she said. “He had no reason to be near my desk at all.”
Of course, O’Reilly’s legal team has denied all of the allegations. On Tuesday, Apr. 18, O’Reilly lawyer Marc E. Kasowitz refuted Burgess’ claims and dismissed the allegations simply because the incidents reportedly occurred years ago. “It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened almost a decade ago is being treated as fact,” said Kasowitz.
But despite Kasowitz’s claims, Fox News has decided to part ways with O’Reilly amid the harassment scandal.