- Carlson sparked investigation into sexual harassment at Fox
- Former boss Ailes stepped down after more women came forward
Fox News reached a settlement with former news anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose allegations of sexual discrimination sparked a widespread probe at the network and ultimately the ouster of Roger Ailes, the Republican political strategist who built it into the most watched U.S. cable news network.
The settlement was announced by parent company 21st Century Fox, which didn’t include the terms. Vanity Fair reported on Tuesday that Fox News has agreed to pay Carlson $20 million, citing unnamed sources.
"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," the statement said.
In the same statement, Carlson said, "I am ready to move on with the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace."
Ailes, 76, was sued for alleged sexual harassment in July by Carlson, who claimed she was fired for spurning his sexual advances and complaining about his conduct. The allegations led 21st Century Fox to begin an internal review. Her accusations were followed by claims of harassment from other women.
Ailes stepped down as chairman and chief executive of Fox News later that month.