Bill O’Reilly has fired back at allegations that he physically assaulted his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, during their marriage.
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false,” said O’Reilly, 65, in a statement released to PEOPLE through his personal attorney, Fred Newman of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP. “I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.”
The instance of physical assault in question was allegedly heard three weeks ago by a Nassau County Supreme Court justice after a court-appointed forensic examiner testified at the closed hearing that O’Reilly and McPhilmy’s 16-year-old daughter “claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck,” Gawker reported. The Fox News anchor was “apparently unaware that the daughter was watching.”
The incident is believed to have occurred in 2010, according to Gawker’s source.
O’Reilly and McPhilmy met in 1992 and married in 1996. The couple separated in 2010 and divorced in 2011; McPhilmy now has custody of their two children following a contentious, three-year dispute.