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Bill O'Reilly Fox News Anchor Photo by: Feedloader

Bill O’Reilly had police investigate his wife’s boyfriend

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Bill O'Reilly Fox News Anchor Photo by: Feedloader

Fox news anchor, Bill O’Reilly, used his contacts to have the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) internal affairs investigate his wife, Maureen’s boyfriend, a detective in the Long Island community. 

The media blog Gawker has found evidence to suggest that O’Reilly used the police department as his own personal private eye agency as his 15-year marriage to Maureen broke down.

Last June Maureen McPhilmy O’Reilly, bought herself a separate home and changed her voting registration accordingly while Bill remained in the family home.

A 23-year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, Richard Harasym, works as a detective in the internal affair unit. Last summer he was called into the office of Inspector Neil Delargy and asked to take on a special assignment: to launch an investigation into a fellow officer and who he was dating.

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A source told gawker Harasym told him  'You'll never guess what happened to me the other day. Do you know Bill O'Reilly? I got called into my boss' office saying they wanted me to meet with these two PI's working for O'Reilly to go over some information because a detective was having an affair with O'Reilly's wife."

The internal affair detective was offered no other reason for investigating the unmarried detective other than the alleged infidelity. The source told Gawker “The order was to investigate this detective not for any misdeeds but to see if they could get anything on him. Delargy also told him to tell the detective to back off (the affair)."

Harasym’s inspector gave him two reasons the case was highly sensitive: the order came from the then-police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey and secondly that O’Reilly was considering making a large contribution to the Nassau County Police Department Foundation.

“These internal affairs cops were on the case at the behest of Mulvey in order to get O'Reilly's funds” said the source.

Harasym refused the assignment. After 12 years with the internal affairs department he was soon transferred. It’s still unclear whether the case was assigned to another detective.

Commissioner Mulvey retired in April 2011. When Gawker went to him for a comment on the investigation he said “I don't know if the investigation is ongoing or concluded so I wouldn't comment. But I will tell you this much: I was never contacted by Bill O'Reilly or anyone associated with him and asked to launch an investigation."

He did admit that he knows O’Reilly on a personal level. No gifts to the NCPD Foundation were recorded from the William O’Reilly Foundation however this does not mean that O’Reilly did not make a donation from his personal accounts.

In January the Long Island Express newspaper began to look into the NCPD and favors being handed out by them. The paper’s editor-in-chief received a call from O’Reilly’s assistant, out of the blue. They said O’Reilly “did not receive any preferential treatment from Mulvey." Interestingly the reporter later wrote  that O’Reilly’s “name had never been brought up in relation to this story until the assistant's phone call."

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During the summer of 2010 Gawker was contacted by a former Fox News staffer. They said that during the time O’Reilly’s nephew, Brandon Ricci, had been working on “The O’Reilly Factor” he had been blabbing around the newsroom that his aunt was having an affair with the “local sheriff”.


The nephew had said 'Yeah, I think my aunt and uncle are headed for a …My aunt is seeing someone, “and that really pissed my uncle off.” He only ever referred to his as “this sheriff guy”. O’Reilly soon told his nephew to stop discussing his marriage around the office.

Fox News refused to comment over the alleged favors and internal police investigation.

Det. Lt. Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the NCPD, said, "It's not our policy to identify complainants in cases, and we don't divulge information about administrative investigations. Usually, investigations are opened after someone comes forward to complain about the activity of an officer, and we don't want to discourage people from coming forward."

He was also asked whether an unmarried officer’s love life would be legitimate grounds for the launch of an investigation. He said “It could be. If a person comes to us and has a complaint, no matter how frivolous it appears to be, we look into it. We don't look lightly on citizen complaints."

Gawker queried whether or not the O’Reilly’s are still married. It could be possible under New York law to divorce entirely in private and they could be avoided by filing in a remote county.

However if what Gawker have uncovered is true it would appear that their marriage is much more than just ‘on the rocks’.

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