▪ Bill O’Reilly and Fox News have shelled out more than $13 million to settle cases with five women who accused the star anchor of making sexual comments and advances, The New York Times reports. O’Reilly, 67, has denied the allegations, but personally paid; plaintiffs said they feared retribution if they refused him. Two of the five settlements were previously reported. Newly revealed payouts went to junior producer Rebecca Witlieb; former host Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who reportedly taped phone conversations with O’Reilly in 2011; and another ex-host, Laurie Dhue, who was awarded $1 million after claiming sexual harassment. At least 22 companies, including BMW, Lexus, Bayer, and Allstate, announced they were canceling ads on O’Reilly’s show in light of the harassment scandal.
▪ In a sign things may be getting serious between Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, the singer last week introduced the retired baseball slugger to her mother, ETOnline.com reports. The couple was seen strolling hand in hand in Manhattan, with Lopez’s mom, Guadalupe, tagging along. The outing occurred shortly after Lopez, 47, spent a day out in Miami with A-Rod’s realtor sister, Susy Dunand—who in an Instagram post referred to J.Lo as her “sister-in-law.” In an appearance on The View, Rodriguez, 41, called Lopez “one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met, and also an incredible mother.”
▪ Bob Dylan finally accepted his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature last week at a small private ceremony in Stockholm. The folk-rock icon, 75, caused a stir when he declined an invitation to attend the official awards banquet in December, citing previous touring commllect the $895,000 that accompanies the prize, Dylan must give a Nobel lecture by June 10. He’s indicated he’ll videotape his presentation.