A report from the website Gawker claims Fox News host Bill O'Reilly tried to have a man -- who was allegedly having an affair with his wife -- investigated by police. That man was actually a cop himself.
The website said its source for the story was "someone who has a longstanding personal relationship" with the Nassau County Police Department internal affairs officer who reportedly was assigned the case, Richard Harasym.
...at some point during the summer of 2010, his (Harasym's) commanding officer, Inspector Neil Delargy, called him into his office with a highly unorthodox assignment: Harasym was to launch an investigation into a fellow officer based not on what he had done, but on who he was dating.
Delargy ordered Harasym to meet with two private detectives working on behalf of Bill O'Reilly. They had information about an NCPD officer they believed to be carrying on with O'Reilly's wife. Delargy told Harasym to launch an investigation into the man and to tell him to end the relationship.
Gawker said the source has proof:
The source provided contemporaneous e-mail traffic to support his account. "He told me, '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 source said Harasym refused the assignment and was later transferred out of internal affairs.
The order to investigate the alleged relationship reportedly came directly from then-Nassau County police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, who retired in April. Gawker said Mulvey was trying to help O'Reilly because O'Reilly was reportedly considering donating money to Mulvey's Nassau County Police Department Foundation.
When reached for comment, Gawker said Mulvey "seemed to be aware of the case."
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 admitted he knew O'Reilly personally, then refused to answer further questions.
Neither O'Reilly nor Fox News would comment to Gawker about the story.