Last month, the ugly three year custody battle between Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy finally ended when a judge granted custody of the pair’s two children to their mother.
Now, however, evidence from the case has come to light that could land O’Reilly in major trouble.
A court appointed forensic examiner testified that O’Reilly’s 16 year-old daughter Madeline had witnessed her father drag her mother down a staircase by her neck. This incident is thought to have occurred at the family’s Manhasset, New York home before the couple separated in 2010.
On Monday night, O’Reilly issued a statement in which he called these accusations “100% false.”
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false. I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further,” read the statement, according to Daily Mail.
The divorce battle between O’Reilly and McPhilmy has been ugly from the start. Shortly after they separated, McPhilmy began dating Nassau County Police Detective Jeffrey Gross. Enraged, since he had previously raised money for the local police department, O’Reilly allegedly had an internal affairs investigation launched into Gross.
In 2013, O’Reilly was accused of running a smear campaign against McPhilmy and trying to get her banned from the Catholic Church. The Fox anchor allegedly told the church that his wife was receiving communion even though she had been divorced and married again. He also accused her of telling their children that her new marriage was valid in the eyes of God.
McPhilmy’s local church allegedly reprimanded her for her actions in writing.
As per their 2011 divorce agreement, the former couple hired a court therapist who would mediate any parental disputes between them. McPhilmy has since accused O’Reilly of having “hired the children’s therapist as a full-time employee to perform virtually all of his parental duties.”
In 2013, a New York appeals court ruled that O’Reilly’s actions “could undermine the integrity” of the custody agreement. They ordered a new trial to hear McPhilmy’s petition for sole custody.
She won the case last month.