As a part of a court documents pertaining to a custody case between Bill O'Reilly and his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy, O'Reilly was accused of roughly dragging his wife down the stairs by her neck. The incident was witnessed and reported by their teenage daughter.
Though the specifics of the trial are held in confidence, it has been inferred that the incident occurred in 2010. The incident is particularly interesting considering O'Reilly's past research into violence of minorities and the effect that is has on their respective families. In response to the incident in question, O'Reilly denied all allegations and refused further comment.