Report uncovers Bill O’Reilly once ‘dragged his ex-wife down a staircase by her neck’

The judge presiding over a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy, heard some pretty shocking testimony about domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of O’Reilly.

According to a report from Gawker, the judge presiding over a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy, heard some pretty shocking testimony about domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of O’Reilly.

Gawker’s source claims that one of O’Reilly’s daughters testified that she witnessed O’Reilly “dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching.”

This latest revelation, if true, would be among numerous examples of O’Reilly’s disturbing treatment of his family.

O’Reilly and McPhilmy separated in April 2010, after which McPhilmy began dating a Nassau County Police detective named Jeffrey Gross. Upon learning of their relationship, as Gawker reported in 2011, O’Reilly called up his high-placed connections within the NCPD to have something done about Gross. Since O’Reilly was helping raise money for the department’s associated charity, the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, his calls sparked an internal affairs investigation into Gross and his relationship with McPhilmy—an incredible waste of police resources, and a devious way of getting back at McPhilmy by harassing her new boyfriend.

The O’Reillys formalized their divorce in September 2011, and agreed to share custody of their school-aged children. As part of their agreement, the couple mutually agreed to assign a neutral therapist named Lynne Kulakowski to arbitrate any potential custodial disputes, should they happen to arise in the future. Shortly thereafter, however, McPhilmy learned that O’Reilly had in fact added Kulakowski to his household payroll so she could serve as a full-time nanny—in which capacity, as a judge later explained, she was required “to perform virtually all of [O’Reilly’s] parental duties.

Gawker was able to corroborate the fact that a decision was made in the case, of which O’Reilly has appealed. Neither O’Reilly or his ex-wife commented on the story. Fox News did not respond to a request for comment either.

O’Reilly’s lack of response is especially worth noting. The anchor has spent his highly remunerated career obsessing over patterns of violence among racial minorities, particularly black people, and the apparently unique effect of violence on the integrity of black families. As he fulminated on-air in December 2014: “The astronomical crime rate among young black men—violent crime—drives suspicion and hostility. … No supervision, kids with no fathers—the black neighborhoods are devastated by the drug gangs who prey upon their own. That’s the problem!”



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    Martin Pollard

    May 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    No surprise here. The jackass (and others like him) engages in more projection than a cinema multiplex.

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    May 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Billo showed he had anger management problems when he worked for Entertainment Tonight in the beginning of his career. Blowing up, screaming, yelling like a maniac, which was taped and aired not that long ago on TV. Men who commit domestic abuse always deny they did it, no surprise here. They never see the truth about themselves or else lie about it. Just watching him, anyone with an ounce of brains knows he is out of control and has a very short fuse.

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    Dennis Towle Jr

    May 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Politically, I don’t care, I’m a Libertarian. But I am concerned that this story was even published. There are no corroborating facts, mostly supposition around hearsay statements. The article goes on to crucify a man’s image without the opportunity for the man to respond.

    A divorce is a hard enough thing to endure from all sides. Outright lies, exaggerations, innuendo, and falsehoods abound. Accusations are often not worth the merit that they garner from the media. And when one of the parties is in the spotlight, the attack upon their character is vicious and sudden.

    Show me facts, show me proof, or don’t show this garbage. This is not journalism, this is tabloidism at its worst.

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    May 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Gawker was able *to* corroborate

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    May 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Just a man being a man … a scumbag, low-life, abusive man.

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    May 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    No surprise. He’s a hateful lieing bullshit asshole.

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    Dolores Pilgrim

    May 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Your absolutely right. I don’t like this self righteous so called man!!! I feel sorry for his ex-wife. I’m sure she’s gained her wings in heaven!!!

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    waz is a crook

    May 20, 2015 at 6:20 am


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