Three weeks ago Bill O’Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, ended a contested three-year custody battle for their two children. A judge in Nassau County’s Supreme Court ruled in McPhilmy’s favor; giving her custody of their children. However, Gawker reports that part of the judge’s decision may have been due to reported domestic violence on the part of O’Reilly.
The allegations come from his 16-year-old daughter. Speaking to a court-appointed forensic examiner:
“O’Reilly’s daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.”
Even though the court case was sealed, this claim comes from a person familiar with the case. This is just the latest rumor of familial abuse directed at O’Reilly.
One report has O’Reilly causing trouble for McPhilmy’s new boyfriend, Jeffrey Gross,a police detective in Nassau County. Apparently O’Reilly “called up his high-placed connections within the NCPD to have something done about Gross.” This included internal affairs opening an investigation into Gross and McPhilmy’s relationship.
Another claim against O’Reilly has him causing trouble for McPhilmy with the Roman Catholic Church. He even went so far as to try “to get McPhilmy excommunicated.” The efforts from O’Reilly even had her receiving a letter from the “parish admonishing her for taking communion.”
Originally the two parties had joint-custody over their children, but O’Reilly’s behavior with a mutually agreed upon neutral therapist, Lynne Kulakowski, caused McPhilmy to seek full-custody. According to McPhilmy, O’Reilly put Kulakowski on his payroll. “two years ago, a New York appeals court ruled that O’Reilly’s behavior ‘could undermine the integrity’ of their joint-custody agreement.” This all led to the Nassau County judge to grant custody to McPhilmy.
For his part, O’Reilly has denied the domestic abuse allegations:
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false,” the Fox News host said in a statement to the On Media blog, issued through his personal attorney. “I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.”
He has also appealed the decision of the Nassau Court.