Gretchen Carlson has settled her lawsuit with 21st Century Fox after accusing former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Carlson, 50, will reportedly receive $20 million from the network, sources told the Washington Post and the New York Times.
“21st Century Fox 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,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement on Tuesday, September 6. “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.”
Carlson released a statement of her own about the settlement on Tuesday.
“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,” she said in a statement. “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.”
As previously reported, the former Fox & Friends coanchor filed a lawsuit against Ailes, 76, in July, claiming that he made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she worked at the company. Ailes denied the accusations but resigned as chairman two weeks later. Rupert Murdoch has since taken over his role.
“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years,” Murdoch, 85, said in a statement at the time. “Fox News has given voice to those who were ignored by the traditional networks and has been one of the great commercial success stories of modern media. It is always difficult to create a channel or a publication from the ground up and against seemingly entrenched monopolies.”
Since Carlson’s filing, other women have come forward with similar allegations. In July, former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn claimed that Ailes sexually harassed her for more than 20 years.