After a long public feud, ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is cashing in on a whopping settlement.
The network agreed to pay Carlson $20 million after she accused former CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
The allegations brought on similar charges from other female anchors including Andrea Tantaros, who had recently challenged Ailes to take a lie detector test, but the details of Carlson’s settlement is the first to go public.
Carlson isn’t the only one to reach a compromise, there are two other unnamed women the network has settled with, according to Vanity Fair.
Carlson filed suit against Ailes personally, but Fox News network acts as an insurer for their former CEO, Vanity Fair reported. It is uncertain how much of the settlement will come directly from Ailes.
Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox also offered Carlson a public apology and expressed regret for disrespectful treatment.
“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our colleagues deserve,” the statement read. It went to say that Carlson was a valued employee who developed a “loyal audience.”
Ailes had vehemently denied the allegations as “false,” and claimed Carlson brought the charges in retaliation for the network’s decision not to renew her contract.
After the settlement, Carlson released a statement of her own, stating she was “gratified” with the “decisive action” against Ailes.
“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.”
Last week, it was reported that Carlson had “secret recordings” of Ailes sexual advances. It is not clear if that had anything to do with the settlement that was soon to follow.
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