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Maxine Waters says Bill O'Reilly should go to jail

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly should go to jail over the sexual harassment charges made against him. (Image Source: YouTube screen cap)

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said Wednesday during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly should go to jail over the numerous allegations of sexual harassment made against him at Fox News.

"Mr. O'Reilly faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, numerous settlements on that score, outstanding ones as well," Hayes explained. "The president saying this of Mr. O'Reilly: 'I think he's a person I know well — he is a good person, I think he shouldn't have settled. Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled ... because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong,' What do you make of that?"

"Well, it's coming out of the mouth of a man who has said some horrible things about women," Waters responded. "Don't forget he talked about grabbing women in their private parts. And because he was important he could get away with it. And so they are two of a kind. And so I'm not surprised that he stood up and tried to defend Bill O'Reilly."

"But it's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly," she continued, "and that sexual harassment enterprise that they created over there at Fox. And it's catching up with them, and you have over 30 advertisers who are taking away their advertising. They are not wanting to do business with them anymore because of the way they have created this record of sexual harassment."

"They have treated women very badly," Waters said. "And so I understand the Justice Department has opened a case, they're taking a look at them. Because this really is a sexual harassment enterprise, it shouldn't be in America that you can sexually harass women and then buy your way out of it because you're rich."

"If they continue to do this, in the way that they have done, they need to go to jail," Waters explained. "You know the president's over there talking today about Susan Rice going to jail."

"They need to go to jail," Waters exclaimed. "Bill O'Reilly needs to go to jail."

O'Reilly's show has been hemorrhaging advertisers after a report from the New York Times revealed that he and Fox News had settled sexual harassment lawsuits to the tune of $13 million.

Waters recently had another run-in with the popular cable news host when he mocked her hair in what many called a racist attack. He apologized later, saying it was a "dumb" joke that he regretted.

While many believe O'Reilly to be on thin ice after the resignation of Roger Ailes at Fox News for similar accusations, others point to the hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue he's earned for Fox to explain his resilience.

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