The parent company of Fox News has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with former anchor Gretchen Carlson and issued her a public apology.
The statement from 21st Century Fox said in part, “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.”
It did not mention the settlement amount, but Vanity Fair reported that Carlson settled the claim for $20 million and agreed not to file any more cases against Fox News or any of its employees.
Carlson alleged that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes had made unwanted sexual advances toward her, and then demoted and let her go after she turned him down.
Ailes denied the allegations and said Carlson was lashing out because her contract with Fox News, which expired in June, was not renewed. Two weeks after Carlson filed charges, Ailes resigned.
On Tuesday, Carlson issued a statement saying, “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.”
Since Carlson filed her lawsuit, several other women working at the network have come forward with similar allegations, including Fox anchor Megyn Kelly and Andrea Tantaros, host of “The Five.”
Tuesday morning Fox News also reported that Greta Van Susteren, host of “On the Record,” is leaving the network after 14 years, effective immediately. There is no indication Van Susteren’s departure is related to the issues surrounding Roger Ailes. Van Susteren has defended Ailes on multiple occasions.
Brit Hume, senior political analyst, will take Van Susteren’s place as the new host of “On the Record”:
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