Fox News pays big to set­tle sex­ual ha­rass­ment suit

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Gretchen Carl­son will re­ceive a US$20 mil­lion pay­off.

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