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Ex Fox News host attempts to sue ex wife's divorce lawyer

26th April 2018 - Sara Lange
Ex Fox News host attempts to sue ex wife's divorce lawyer

A judge has blocked ex- Fox News host Bill OReillys attempt to quash subpoenas served to his divorce lawyer and his personal accountant.

This is only the latest development in OReillys legal battle against his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy. In 2016, 5 years after their 2011 divorce, OReilly filed a $10 million lawsuit against her claiming she had conned him into signing their divorce settlement under false pretences.

McPhilmy didnt respond to the suit. This failure led to a $14.5 million award against her, although it was later vacated after an appeal of the judgment. Next, OReilly filed against her divorce lawyer, Michael Klar, which has led to these most recent subpoenas. OReilly alleges that McPhilmy and Klar conspired to have him sign an unreasonably unfavourable agreement.

OReilly and McPhilmy married in 1996. Their marriage lasted 15 years and produced two children, but they split in 2011 in a famously bitter separation amidst allegations of abuse from OReilly and infidelity on both sides. OReilly has accused McPhilmy of having a relationship while they were married with her now husband, Long Island police detective Jeffrey Gross. McPhilmy, on the other hand, accused OReilly of beating her and slamming her against a wall. The alleged abusive incident is described in detail by McPhilmy in an affadavit contained in her divorce documents recently submitted by Klar in response to OReillys latest lawsuit. The affadavit describes McPhilmys claims that OReilly threw her across the room in an act of violence that left a hole in their bedroom wall. He then allegedly wrapped his arms around her and dragged her down the hallway of their home, pulled her down the stairs by her neck, and stopped only when they ran into one of their security guards downstairs. This incident was the apparent result of McPhilmy having caught OReilly having phone sex with someone else.

Fox News fired OReilly earlier this year after a series of harassment and sexual misconduct claims against him by female colleagues. OReilly has always denied the allegations, which he blames on biased left-wing media, but Fox News has settled several of the claims. Two separate women who received settlements allege that OReilly called them while he was masturbating and tried to start unwanted phone sex.

OReillys legal troubles continue now that a New York judge has ruled that his divorce lawyer Nancy Gianakos and his personal accountant Evan R. Bell must at least partially acquiesce to the demands of subpoenas sough against them by Klar. The subpoena served on Gianakos seeks records of any communication which concerns McPhilmy. The subpoena served on Bell requests all of OReillys tax returns and financial documents from 1995-2010, on the basis that these records will demonstrate not only that OReilly freely agreed to his divorce settlements from his ex-wife, but that the final judgment agreed on was actually financially more favourable to OReilly than was the couples original prenuptial agreement.

OReilly called these records not relevant to the issues and "nothing more than an attempted fishing expedition." Although the judge didnt fully allow Klars request, he did order Bell to produce all relevant records from 2007-2010. Klars subpoena against Gianakos was similarly restricted, but she will still be required to produce all communications between herself and her client, which relates to McPhilmys attempt to modify their custody and parenting time arrangements.

OReillys legal battle against his ex-wife and her lawyers continues.

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