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In Case You Missed It: Bill O'Reilly settled sexual assault case, still got Fox contract renewed; former presidents raise $31 million for hurricane relief; Justin Timberlake to headline Super Bowl halftime show

(From left to right) Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama address the audience during a hurricane relief concert in Texas on Saturday night.

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(From left to right) Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama address the audience during a hurricane relief concert in Texas on Saturday night.

23

October

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging from the world for a little while.

Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

Bill O'Reilly settled a sexual assault case and still got Fox contract renewed

According to a new report by the New York Times, Fox News Channel knew that a news analyst planned to file a sexual harrassment lawsuit against host Bill O'Reilly and renewed his contract anyway.

In January, O'Reilly was said to have agreed to a $32 million settlement with former analyst Lis Wiehl, the largest of his known payouts, the Times reports. In February, Fox renewed his contract.

The company defended its decision in a statement, saying that his contract was renewed because O'Reilly had settled the matter personally, and also said his new contract had added protections that allowed Fox to fire him if any other allegations surfaced.

O'Reilly was fired months later when it was revealed Fox had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations.

Wiehl's allegations included repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to the woman, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke to the New York Times.

O'Reilly dismissed the Times' report, calling it "lies and smears." 

Former presidents raise $31 million for hurricane relief

The five former living U.S. Presidents -- Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- appeared on stage together in Texas during a benefit concert for those affected by the monstrous hurricanes that have struck Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this year.

President Donald Trump recorded a video message and said that the American people "came together as one" in the wake of the devastating hurricanes and also thanked the former presidents for taking part in the effort, calling them "some of America's finest public servants."

The former presidents called on Americans to donate to the cause that has raised $31 million. The men avoided speaking about politics and did not mention Trump.

President George H.W. Bush did not address the crowd but smiled and waved from the stage. The 93-year-old elder Bush has Parkinson's disease and was in a wheelchair.

Justin Timberlake announced as Super Bowl halftime performer

Justin Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 4 in Minnesota 14 years after the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson

This will be the singer's third Super Bowl halftime performance, the most for any entertainer. He performed at the 2001 Super Bowl with N'Sync and sang "Rock Your Body" with Jackson in 2004 in Houston. 

Timberlake confirmed the NFL's announcement on Sunday in a video skit of him goofing around with "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon.

During an interview broadcast at halftime of NBC's "Sunday Night Football," Timberlake laughed off questions about a repeat of the infamous moment with Jackson which drew CBS a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission that was later overturned.

"That won't happen this time," he said.

 

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

[Last modified: Monday, October 23, 2017 9:50am]

    

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