Thursday, October 14, 2004

Bill O'Reilly's harrassment case

There's no way to really know what happened here, and I'm not sure I care. Considering the depths to which Kerry supporters will sink to beat W, who knows what it's all about. There doesn't seem to be an allegation of unwanted sexual contact, just unwanted sexual conversation, mostly on the phone. Not sure why she didn't just hang up, but hey, who knows, I guess. I just don't want to hear a goddamned word from any of the people who thought Bill Clinton was being victimized by a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy every time a woman said he groped her, or that it personal sexual matters aren't anyone's business but the principals, which is how most of the liberal talking heads on TV defended Billy boy.

If it is extortion, as O'Reilly is saying ($60M for dirty talk does seem extreme), someone has done a decent job of imitating O'Reilly's verbal style in this section of the complaint where he allegedly relates a fantasy of his involving the plaintiff:

"So anyway I'd be rubbing your big boobs and getting your nipples really hard, kinda kissing your neck from behind . . .. and then I would take the other hand with the falafel (he apparenlty meant loofa, it's a shower fantasy) thing and I'd put it on your pussy but you'd have to do it really light, just kind of a tease business . . ."

Can't you just see him saying that? Reminds me of the spurious Lee Marvin Iwo Jima story about Captain Kangaroo's Bob Keeshan that was circulating on the internet a couple of years ago. It just really sounded like something Marvin would have said, and how he would have said it, even though it was fake. Not sure where this transcript comes from, a tape or memory. I'm not sure we're ever going to know what the deal is with O'Reilly, but I am a little suspicious of someone who says she was "shocked, frightened, and upset," and that she felt "trapped" and that "the floor had fallen out from beneath her" after the first inappropriate phone conversation, but didn't think to hang up during any of the others. Nobody needs a job that bad, and collecting unemployment while you sue someone isn't exactly a tough choice if the alternative is being harrassed endlessly.

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