Bill O’Reilly, former host of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel. (Richard Drew/AP file) Bill O’Reilly is being sued by a former Fox News producer who claims he violated a settlement agreement in a harassment case by disparaging her in the media as a liar and extortionist. Rachel Witlieb Bernstein’s attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against O’Reilly and his former employer, Fox News, for breach of contract and defamation. Her attorneys said in the lawsuit that O’Reilly and the network violated non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses in their 2002 settlement agreement with Bernstein, which stated that if asked about the case, they “may say only ‘The matter has been resolved (or settled)’, without elaboration.” “But he’s gone far beyond that and painted our client in a terrible light,” one of her attorneys, Neil Mullin, told The Washington Post. O’Reilly has publicly denied harassment accusations, calling himself a “target” and saying the claims against him were “politically and financially motivated.” The lawsuit states that O’Reilly’s remarks portrayed Bernstein in a “false light” and “disparaged her character, in fact calling her a liar and an extortionist.” “In fact, Mr. O’Reilly is the liar,” the complaint stated. “He mistreated Ms. Bernstein. She was forced out of her job at Fox News and paid a settlement because of his mistreatment. “She did go to HR and other company executives to complain about him several times. Fox News took no action to protect plaintiff from O’Reilly. There were many witnesses to her mistreatment. She was not politically or financially motivated to raise the claims of abuse.” Mullin said O’Reilly’s comments not only violated their 2002 settlement agreement but also illustrate a broader issue, in which powerful men who are exposed as harassers attempt to discredit their victims. “The reason women don’t come out is because there’s a pattern of these men lashing out,” Mullin said. Mullin said O’Reilly and Fox News have made “false and disparaging claims” against women who had to sign nondisclosure agreements, adding that the women should be released from those