Bill O’Reilly filed a legal summons Friday against a former New Jersey politician who accused the ousted Fox News host of sexually harassing his then-girlfriend.
Former New Jersey state assemblyman Michael Panter wrote a Facebook post Thursday detailing the alleged harassment, adding that the unnamed ex-girlfriend was pressured to keep quiet by Fox News executives.
In the summons of notice filed in the New York Supreme Court, O’Reilly argues his reputation was permanently damaged by the Facebook post that went viral.
“This action seeks redress for Defendant Panter’s intentional, malicious, and bad faith actions in making defamatory and false statements in a publicly-available social media post,” the summons reads.
O’Reilly is seeking $5 million in damages for inflicting “emotional distress.”
O’Reilly has not yet filed an official lawsuit against Panter.
News broke earlier this week that O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim just one month before he signed a new contract with Fox News.
He was fired by the network in April, months after his contract was extended.