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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

O'Reilly Atty Wants to Hear the Tapes

The following words will appear in small-town newspapers across the country, thanks to the fine folks at the Associated Press:

During a phone conversation this August, Mackris, 33, said O'Reilly suggested she buy a vibrator and was clearly excited.


O'Reilly's lawyer, Ronald Green, said he believes there are tapes of conversations between the two and asked a court to compel Mackris to produce them so they could be played publicly.


Her complaint said that the first time she noticed odd behavior by O'Reilly came in 2002, when the Fox host allegedly urged her to use a vibrator after her engagement broke off.


Fox produced an e-mail Mackris sent to a friend last month, saying things are "wonderful, amazing, fun, creative, invigorating, secure, well-managed, challenging, interesting fun and surrounded by really good, fun people. I'm home and I'll never leave again."

Mackris said in her lawsuit that she told O'Reilly she would return to Fox only if he stopped the inappropriate behavior.

She said O'Reilly told her: "If any woman ever breathed a word I'll make her pay so dearly that she'll wish she'd never been born. I'll rake her through the mud, bring up things in her life and make her so miserable that she'll be destroyed."

On his show Wednesday, O'Reilly called the case "the single most evil thing I have ever experienced, and I've seen a lot. But these people picked the wrong guy."

The AP also appears to have found the single least flattering photo of O'Reilly in existence.

Also in the article, Morelli says his political contributions have nothing to do with the case, and the AP points out that Mackris was a White House intern in the first Bush administration. Mackris says she felt trapped after the first inappropriate phone call, but O'Reilly agreed to match Mackris' salary at CNN in getting her back to work on his show.