Fox Settles Gretchen Carlson's Lawsuit
September 6, 2016 at 7:01 AM (PT)
21ST CENTURY FOX, parent of FOX NEWS, has settled the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former FOX NEWS anchor GRETCHEN CARLSON over her treatment by former network head ROGER AILES. Terms were not disclosed, although NPR's DAVID FOLKENFLIK is reporting the settlement sum of $20 million; THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER adds that AILES will be "picking up part of the cost of settlement."
In a statement issued early TUESDAY (9/6), FOX said that it is "pleased to announce that it has settled GRETCHEN CARLSON’s lawsuit. During her tenure at FOX NEWS, GRETCHEN exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans. We are proud that she was part of the FOX NEWS team. 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.”
In the release, CARLSON said, “I am gratified that 21ST CENTURY FOX took decisive action after I filed my Complaint. 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. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”