(IBT) Fox News pundit Bill Oâ€™Reilly has been involved in a post-divorce custody battle for the better part of two years, and the animosity between Oâ€™Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy appears to have reached a boiling point. Gawker Media even alleges that O’Reilly is dragging the Catholic Church into the mess.
According to reports from Gawker, Oâ€™Reilly has been going to extreme lengths to punish his ex-wife, including barring McPhilmy from accepting communion at her Long Island Catholic church.
The whole saga plays out like this: In 2010, Oâ€™Reilly and McPhilmy separated, moving to separate houses on Long Island before obtaining an official divorce in 2011. Since that time, McPhilmy has remarried a Nassau County detective and she and Oâ€™Reilly agreed to share alternating custody of their children, now 10 and 13.
But the Oâ€™Reilly divorce drama hasnâ€™t stopped there. As a result of their separation, courts declared that Oâ€™Reilly and McPhilmy would both be served by a therapist to â€œact as a neutral mediator to help them resolve any parenting disputes,â€ according to Gawker. Despite this court-mandated order, Oâ€™Reilly stacked the deck in his favor and soon put the Long Island-based therapist Lynne Kulakowski on his payroll, as brought to light in a 2011 lawsuit against Oâ€™Reilly. His lawyer did not deny these charges in court.
But the real evidence that Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s divorce battle has become extremely toxic is the involvement of the Catholic Church. Gawker alleges that Oâ€™Reilly has made repeated attempts to have McPhilmy banned from partaking in communion at her local Catholic parish. Writer John Cook also insinuates that Oâ€™Reilly has been using financial donations and a friendly relationship with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to have his way. [more]