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Updated: Amid controversy, Bill O'Reilly announces Baltimore tour date in September

Bill O’Reilly, the popular Fox News host embroiled in controversy over sexual harassment claims, is coming to Baltimore.

Along with comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News host Jesse Watters, O’Reilly will discuss the current political climate when “The Spin Stops Here” tour visits Royal Farms Arena on Sept. 22. Tickets ($65-$125) went on sale this morning.  

Last weekend, the New York Times published a story on its investigation that found five women had received settlements of about $13 million after claims of sexual harassment and verbal abuse against O'Reilly. 

Frank Remesch, general manager of Royal Farms Arena, declined Thursday to comment on the booking.

O’Reilly has maintained his innocence, but more than 40 companies have reportedly pulled advertisements from his show. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended O’Reilly, telling the New York Times, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” 

Edith Miller, the president of Maryland National Organization for Women, wrote in a statement to The Baltimore Sun that the organization “object[s] to O’Reilly’s presence anywhere in Maryland,” and that she was surprised that O’Reilly was planning to bring his show to Baltimore, “a location which is being revitalized by younger workers, who have little tolerance for bigots and misogynists."

“We’re hoping that by September, when he is scheduled to visit, Fox News will have removed his show from the airwaves in response to the dozens of national companies who have pulled their sponsorship,” Miller wrote, adding that the organization agreed with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who earlier this week referred to Fox News as a “sexual harassment enterprise.”

The allegations against O'Reilly come after Fox's former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned from the company in July after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against him by a former anchor. Ailes worked for the company for more than 20 years.

“Women and rational men who are regular viewers should be reevaluating whether they should buy into the world view of someone who has paid [$13] million that we know of to settle sexual harassment claims by five women and who has been alleged to be a serial perpetrator by over 50 additional women," Miller said.

Miller also wrote that the state chapter will work with its national officers to oppose O’Reilly and are considering boycotting Angie’s List, which has decided not to pull ads from his show.

*This story has been updated to include comments from the Maryland National Organization for Women.

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