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Bill O'Reilly Accused of Wife-Beating

Published by: Betty on 19th May 2015 | View all blogs by Betty

Bill O'Reilly Accused of Wife-Beating

Bill O'Reilly was accused of assaulting his ex-wife during a court hearing over the custody of the two children he shared with her, according to a report published Monday by Gawker.com.  Citing a source familiar with the court proceeding in the custody case, Gawker reported that a court-appointed expert testified that one of the two children claimed to have witnessed O'Reilly dragging his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, down a flight of stairs by her neck.  Since New York officials seal most filed in cases involving minors, it would be hard to verify the claims made by Gawker's source, but the incident is not a hard sell considering other stories reported recently about O'Reilly's disturbing treatment of family, McPhilmy in particular.

Prior to Gawker's revelation about O'Reilly's abusive behavior, reports had surfaced that he had tried to have McPhilmy excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church, and asked friends in the Nassau County police Department to investigate McPhilmy's then boyfriend, an NCPD detective.  The couple separated in 2010 and divorced in 2011 following a 15-year marriage.  Initially the couple agreed to share custody of their two children.  As part of the agreement, a neytral therapist named Lynne Kulakowski was hired to arbitrate any custodial disputes that might pop up, but O'Reilly decided to hire  Kulakowski as a full-time nanny.  McPhilmy considered this a violation of their divorce agreement and filed for sole custody.

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