Fox News has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against the network’s previous boss Roger Ailes.
“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement Tuesday.
The company did not disclose the size of the settlement, but Wall Street Journal cited a source as saying that it was worth about US$20 million.
Carlson said in the same statement that she was “ready to move on” and that she plans to redouble her “efforts to empower women in the workplace”.
Ailes resigned as the chairman and chief executive of Fox News in July after the parent company launched an internal investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed some employees.
The former network czar has denied all the allegations, but the company has now chosen to settle the cases.
In addition to the arrangement with Carlson, 21st Century Fox has settled with several other women who came forward with similar allegations during the probe, according to the Journal report.
The women were all on-air personalities for units overseen by Ailes.
For Fox News and 21st Century Fox, a motivating factor to settle with Carlson was the likelihood that a trial would air more dirty laundry about the channel and the company, the report said.
Although Carlson sued Ailes personally, and not Fox News or 21st Century Fox, the company is paying for the settlement because Ailes’ contract included an indemnification clause.
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