Bill O'Reilly's departure Wednesday from Fox News Channel drew strong, celebratory responses from foes who had sought his ouster since The New York Times reported that the cable network and O'Reilly had paid about $13 million to five women who complained they had been victims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
Other women also have complained about the top-rated Fox host, who is currently on a European vacation.
Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for three women accusing O'Reilly of misconduct, issued a "victory statement" praising the strength of women.
"This is what happens when women speak our truth: We can slay dragons," she wrote. "I am very proud to have stood with my brave clients who stood up for themselves and all the silenced women. … Fox News should have fired him in 2004 when the first complaint was made, but at least they did it now. They did it because we persisted."
UltraViolet, a women's rights group that planned and participated in an O'Reilly protest Tuesday at Fox News headquarters in New York, applauded O'Reilly's departure on Twitter.
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