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Carlson settles lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Ailes for $20 million

Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson, not pictured, has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, the case that led to the downfall of Fox's chief executive. [Associated Press]

Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson, not pictured, has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, the case that led to the downfall of Fox's chief executive. [Associated Press]

NEW YORK — Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the case that led to the downfall of Fox's chief executive with stunning swiftness this summer.

In a statement Tuesday, Fox parent company 21st Century said that "we 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 was paid $20 million, according to someone familiar with the confidential settlement who spoke under condition of anonymity.

Carlson alleged that she was demoted and let go from Fox after she refused Ailes' sexual advances and complained about workplace harassment. Ailes denied the charges, but 21st Century launched an investigation and Ailes resigned after other women made allegations.

Carlson settles lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Ailes for $20 million 09/06/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:15am]
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