Bill O’Reilly’s ex-wife accused the Fox News anchor of physically assaulting her in front of their daughter.
A source said Maureen McPhilmy, who was recently awarded custody of the couple’s two children, testified during a New York family court hearing that O’Reilly attacked her at their Manhasset home, reported Gawker.
The source said a forensic examiner testified that O’Reilly’s 16-year-old daughter claimed she saw her father drag her mother down a staircase by the neck, unaware the girl was watching.
It’s not clear when the incident took place, but it apparently happened before the couple separated in 2010.
McPhilmy began dating a Nassau County police detective after the separation, and Gawker reported that O’Reilly called in a favor after raising money for the department and got an internal affairs investigation launched against the new boyfriend.
The couple divorced in 2011 and have been engaged in a bitter custody dispute.
O’Reilly tried to have his former wife excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, according to another Gawker report.
Fox News and O’Reilly did not respond to requests for comment made by the website.
O’Reilly denied the allegations in a brief statement to Politico.
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false,” the statement read. “I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.”