Bill O’Reilly’s Daughter Testifies He Dragged Her Mom Down A Staircase By The Neck (VIDEO)

Throughout his years on Fox, conservative host Bill O’Reilly has earned quite a reputation for bullying, anger issues, and inappropriate conduct, but that appears to be only a small glimpse of the nasty guy his loved ones had to deal with on a daily basis when the cameras were off.

O’Reilly is currently fighting an ugly custody battle with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, over the two kids they have together. While most of the documents are officially sealed, sources reportedly told media site Gawker some of the sordid details that have come out. O’Reilly may suddenly have much bigger problems than his serial lying issues.

According to Gawker:

[A] court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O’Reilly’s daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. The same source indicated that the daughter, who is 16 years old, told the forensic examiner about the incident within the past year.

O’Reilly has long had a dark cloud of allegations around abusive behavior, this being only the most recent and most shocking. In hindsight, there were clear signs that O’Reilly had an unhealthy obsession with his ex-wife, even after she divorced him. In 2011, O’Reilly allegedly tried to use his connections with the local police department to get the police officer who McPhilmy had begun seeing fired.

It wouldn’t be the last time O’Reilly tried to use his power to go after his ex-wife. At the time of the divorce, O’Reilly and McPhilmy agreed to see a neutral therapist named Lynne Kulakowski should any problems arise. O’Reilly then tried to stack the deck. He hired Kulakowski outright and put her on his payroll as his children’s nanny. (If you’re wondering; yes, a court ruled that it was deeply unethical.)

O’Reilly has struggled his entire career with unchecked anger issues. It’s no secret to anybody who has rubbed elbows with people in O’Reilly’s social circle. But (so far) O’Reilly’s ratings power has shielded him from any sort of repercussions. In 2013, a clearly fed up Lawrence O’Donnell devoted a segment of his The Last Word show entirely to reminding America that O’Reilly is a highly-paid, iconic right-wing raging lunatic.

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And while O’Donnell deserves a lot of credit for pointing out this unacceptable behavior when most other pundits didn’t speak up, nothing came of it. O’Reilly continues to be a favorite on Fox News.

But that may change with these new allegations. As more of the details about his personal life emerge, it will be hard to defend O’Reilly. Shouting belligerently at Alan Colmes is one thing, dragging your wife down the stairs by the throat while your daughter watches is an entirely different league. Should more evidence of this or similar attacks emerge, Fox News will just two options: Fire their cash cow or admit they have zero integrity. Which is it going to be?

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