Fox News has buckled under the pressure from former anchor Gretchen Carlson and paid her a whopping $20 million to setting her sexual harassment lawsuit.
This incredible settlement has come from exactly two months of battle in court and the court of public opinion between Carlson and former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned his position after Carlson’s allegations became public.
Initially, there was some indication that Carlson may have just been acting out of anger at her termination, but it very quickly became clear that Carlson wasn’t the only one willing to take on Ailes.
Other Fox News personalities, including former “Outnumbered” and “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros, made similar accusations, and the investigation already underway became more intense.
The Murdoch brothers, C.E.O. James and Executive Chairman Lachlan, were expected to go after the accusers and defend their deputy of decades, but that’s not at all what happened. Instead, they underwent a thorough investigation of their former friend, and the evidence they found must have been fairly damning to prompt such a large settlement so quickly.
Their father, Rupert Murdoch, was famously loyal to his close subordinates, according to Vanity Fair.
Roger Ailes, unable to withstand the pressure, resigned in July.
Although the lawsuit was filed against Ailes personally, Fox News took the settlement upon itself in order to more quickly put the dispute behind them.
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