Former FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson will receive a $20 million settlement from her sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox head Roger Ailes, according to a report from Vanity Fair — a report that has been confirmed by 21st Century Fox, the parent company of FOX News.
In addition to the massive settlement, FOX News will make an unprecedented public apology to Gretchen Carlson, according to the VF report that also states that the leading cable news network has also reached a settlement with two other women.
Carlson abruptly left the network in July, stunning the political world with accusations against the formerly respected Ailes, who created the network twenty years ago with the funding of Rupert Murdock, who gave the longtime political operative almost complete autonomy to run the most successful cable news network in history.
While Ailes has previously vehemently denied any wrongdoing, last month news surfaced that Carlson reportedly had audio tapes that confirm Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment against Gretchen Carlson.
Over two dozen women have reportedly come forward in separate accusations against Roger Ailes, including co-host and rising star Andrea Tantaros, whose separate lawsuit against Ailes call FOX News a “sex-fueled, playboy mansion-like cult.”
Last week, Fox called Tantaros an “opportunist,” rather than a victim.