21st Century Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, revealed on Tuesday that they've reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed against them by former news anchor Gretchen Carlson. On July 6, Carlson sued the corporation, alleging that then-network chairman (and Humpty Dumpty look-alike) Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her.
Ailes, who vehemently denied Carlson's claim, as well as those of at least 20 other women who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment at his hands, resigned on July 21.
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Someone briefed on the settlement told the New York Times that Carlson was awarded $20 million, which basically means the network is admitting that some shady shit did in fact go down. In addition to the money, Carlson also received a formal apology from the company. The company issued the following statement on their website:
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. 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.