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Fox settles suit with Gretchen Carlson for $20M, report says

Former "Fox and Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson received

Former "Fox and Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson received an apology and a financial settlement from 21st Century Fox on Sept. 6, 2016 after she filed a lawsuit accusing Fox News Channel's chief, Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment. July 18, 2014 Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok

Fox announced Tuesday that it had settled the lawsuit filed by former Fox News Channel host Gretchen Carlson, who had sued the former chief of FNC, Roger Ailes, setting the stage for his departure and subsequent charges of sexual harassment by other women at the network.

Terms of the settlement were not announced. However, according to a Vanity Fair report, Carlson will receive $20 million. 21st Century Fox did not dispute the figure.

According to a 21st Century Fox statement, “During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. 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.”

Per the Vanity Fair report, “the company has agreed, on behalf of Ailes, to settle Carlson’s suit for a stunning $20 million,” according to three people familiar with the settlement.

Carlson also released a statement: “I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint. 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. 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 in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”

Carlson, former co-host of “Fox and Friends,” filed a sexual harassment suit against Ailes in early July. That was followed in late August by another lawsuit by former host Andrea Tantaros, who also accused Ailes of sexual harassment. According to reports, at least two dozen other women spoke of harassment to Fox’s counsel, which conducted an in-house investigation of Ailes’ behavior.

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