Tuesday, February 2, 2010

False rape charge gets sympathetic treatment on Bill O'Reilly's show

Tonight on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly and his panel of two former female prosecutors expressed sympathy and outrage over David Copperfield's false rape charge after it was revealed that Copperfield's accuser, a prostitute, was arrested for falsely accusing another man of rape.  They agreed Copperfield had been damaged.  One of the women expressed sympathy for Copperfield because the charges hung over him for too long; she noted that Copperfield would prevail in a civil action against the woman; and she said that the woman should go to jail. A couple of excerpts:

BILL O'REILLY: Any accusation against a famous person damages that person even if they're innocent, because the accusation hangs out there, people don't follow the case, they don't remember.
. . . . 
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE: And she should be punished, and she should go to jail . . . .

BILL O'REILLY:  I hope she does.
. . . .
LIS WIEHL: The . . . problem is, when you look at the actual statutes for this, 90 days in jail, max.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE: And a thousand dollar fine.

LIS WIEHL: Big deal.

BILL O'REILLY: Alright, but at least we want everybody to know that Copperfield didn't do it, because I'm sure there are a lot of people out that just remember that accusation.  And that's all.