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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson settled her sexual-harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, 21st Century Fox announced Tuesday morning.
According to Vanity Fair, the two parties reached an agreement to settle for $20 million.
As part of the agreement, Carlson agreed not to bring further lawsuits against other network executives, the report said.
21st Century Fox also issued a public apology to Carlson.
“During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism,” a company statement said.
It continued: “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.”
Carlson said in a statement that she was “gratified” by the “decisive action” 21st Century Fox took.
“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. “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.”
Vanity Fair reported that people familiar with the agreement said the network would act as an insurer for Ailes, most likely paying out the settlement.
Carlson stunned the media industry when she filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against Ailes. In it, she said her termination from the network was a result of rebuffing his sexual advances.
The lawsuit ultimately led to Ailes’ resignation from the network, which he had headed since its founding in 1996.