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O’Reilly desperately wanted to keep his sexual harassment settlements secret. Now we know why.

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in 2016. Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

On Wednesday, a court in New York permitted the release of the full settlement agreements reached by former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly and multiple women who have accused him of sexual harassment.

The former talk show host had been fighting to keep the full settlements sealed. “O’Reilly only refers to generalized ‘privacy interests,’ ‘embarrassing conduct,’ and the overarching policy goals of maintaining confidentiality in private agreements,” said U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts in her decision denying his request. “O’Reilly has failed to present compelling countervailing factors that could overcome the presumption of public access to the agreements in question.”

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