President Trump on Wednesday defended Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, who has found himself engulfed in controversy after a report that he and his network have paid out millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims.
In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday, Trump said he believed O'Reilly was innocent of any accusations of wrongdoing.
"I think he's a person I know well — he is a good person," Trump said of O'Reilly.
"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled," Trump added. "Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong."
The Times reported over the weekend that in recent years, O'Reilly and Fox have settled several claims with women at the network who have accused the anchor of inappropriate sexual behavior. The settlements totaled about $13 million, according to the report.
O'Reilly, through his lawyer, has denied any wrongdoing and said he is at risk of such claims, due to his high-profile status.
Roger Ailes was ousted as the CEO of Fox News after facing similar claims. In an interview with the Washington Examiner last summer, Trump also defended Ailes.