Was Bill O’Reilly listening to rap music when he allegedly dragged his ex-wife down a flight of steps by her throat? Probably not.
Ironically, the Fox News talking head, who often describes hip hop music as violent and even anti-religious, and thinks himself a thought leader on why Black families are disintegrating, has lost custody of his two teenage children reportedly due to a domestic violence incident against their mother, Maureen McPhilmy, according to court documents.
O’Reilly's daughter Madeline, 17, previously described her dad as a temperamental, absentee parent who was uninterested in developing a relationship with her, according to court transcripts obtained by Gawker. Along with her brother, Spencer, 13, they first indicated wanting to live with their mother full-time last year and again at a January 22 hearing where their court-appointed lawyer, Barbara Kopman, spoke on their behalf.
On Feb. 24, four justices from a New York appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of McPhilmy and the children.
According to a 1,400-word opinion by the Appellate Division the decision was due in large part to the clearly stated preferences of the children "and the quality of the home environment provided by the mother.”
While McPhilmy was awarded sole residential custody, O’Reilly still shares legal custody with her, which means he will continue to have a say over questions concerning the schools they attend, medical care, and their religion.
Additionally, O’Reilly is now reportedly charging his ex-wife with contempt of court, according to the court docket of their original divorce case, supposedly due to McPhilmy’s alleged interference with the custody arrangement for their daughter.
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