A woman who accused former Fox News presenter Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment in the United States called on Britain on Monday to block Fox's owner Rupert Murdoch from taking full control of Britain's pay-TV group Sky.
Wendy Walsh, a former regular guest on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" TV show who made the claim against O'Reilly last month, met officials at the British media regulator Ofcom on Monday with her lawyer Lisa Bloom, a representative said.
Ofcom declined to comment on the visit.
The British government has asked Ofcom to assess whether it is in the public interest to allow Murdoch's Twenty First Century Fox to buy the near 61 percent of London-listed Sky which it does not already own for $14.5 billion (11.2 billion pounds).
The deal was cleared by the European Commission last month. But the takeover is politically sensitive in Britain where a previous attempt to take full control of Sky in 2011 was derailed by a phone hacking scandal at one of Murdoch's British newspapers, revealing close ties between politicians, police and the media.
As part of the new investigation, Ofcom is examining whether Fox would be a "fit and proper" owner of Sky, making any criticism of its conduct in other parts of its business relevant to the case in Britain.