Bill O’Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy have been living separately for years but, Gawker has learned, their dispute is far from over. Now divorced, the two are locked in such a bitter court battle over their defunct marriage and custody of their two children that “even God got involved.”
The publication has uncovered a series of documents that prove how O’Reilly, a popular Fox News fixture, author and public speaker, manipulated people around him in an attempt to get back at his ex-wife, who dared date another man after their relationship was over.
According to the report, O’Reilly used a social worker who was supposed to act as arbiter between the two, always keeping in mind the best interest of their 2 children, to get leverage on McPhilmy.
He took the woman, put her on his payroll and employed her as his nanny, thus violating the custody agreement.
At the same time, Gawker suggests, O’Reilly pressured the church into warning his ex she will be excommunicated if she kept telling the children that her second marriage, to a cop she started dating after they broke up, was valid in the eyes of God.
“Gawker has learned that McPhilmy has been formally reprimanded in writing by her church for continuing to take communion in her Long Island parish despite having been divorced and remarried—a no-no according to the Pope,” the publication writes.
“The reprimand also instructed her to stop telling her children that her second marriage, to the Nassau County detective O'Reilly tried to destroy, is valid in the eyes of God. It warned her that if she didn't comply, harsher measures may be in order,” adds the same media outlet.
Moreover, O’Reilly is trying to get the marriage annulled, as yet another way of getting back at his ex.
“While he's busy harassing McPhilmy for asserting the holiness of her second marriage, O'Reilly is trying to deny the existence of his first: He is, Gawker has learned, seeking an annulment of his 15-year marriage, which produced two children. Null and void. Invalid in the eyes of God. Never happened,” Gawker writes.
Contacted for comment, neither O’Reilly nor McPhilmy would address any of the above claims. Head on over to Gawker for the full story, including documentation to back up the allegations.