Fox News pays big to settle sexual harassment suit
FOX News said it has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by former news host Gretchen Carlson against cable channel boss Roger Ailes for a reported US$20 million, and apologised for her treatment on the job.
A statement on September 6 offered no details on the settlement, but the magazine Vanity Fair said Fox would pay the multi-million-dollar sum to the journalist and former Miss America.
Parent firm 21st Century Fox said, “We sincerely regret and apologise for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and our colleagues deserve.”
The New York Times said Fox was in talks with other women who had come forward with harassment claims after Ms Carlson’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit led to the resignation of the politically powerful Mr Ailes, a confidante of media magnate Rupert Murdoch who helped build Fox into a leader in cable news.
Ms Carlson said she was “gratified” with the settlement and added, “I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace.”
Mr Ailes, 76, had denied allegations that he had sought to pressure Ms Carlson into a sexual relationship, but the lawsuit led to reports of other women coming forward to support her allegations of a hostile work environment.
Ms Carlson, a top Fox personality, had been with the network for more than a decade. –
Gretchen Carlson will receive a US$20 million payoff.