Carlson settles lawsuit against Ailes for $20 million

FILE - In this May 18, 2010 file photo, TV personality Gretchen Carlson appears on the set of "Fox & friends" in New York. Carlson, the former Fox News Channel anchor, is suing network chief executive Roger Ailes, claiming she was fired after refusing his sexual advances. Carlson, 50, spent 11 years at Fox. She was Miss America in 1989. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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