Fox News settles anchor's lawsuit against ex-CEO for $20 million

Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson signs copies of her book 'Getting Real' at the Free Library of Philadelphia Featuring: Gretchen Carlson Where: Philadelphia, United States When: 23 Jun 2015 Credit: W Wade / WENN

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson against her former boss Roger Ailes has been settled to the tune of $20 million.

According to Vanity Fair, sources familiar with the settlement confirmed the figure, and said a public apology is expected as part of the agreement.

21st Centruy Fox announced the settlement Tuesday, stating "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 filed the lawsuit against Ailes in July, alleging she was fired from the network because she refused to sleep with him.

She was reportedly fired on June 23.

The former anchor released a statement with 21st Century Fox, "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."

Ailes denied the accusations, but was ousted as the chief executive at the network only a few weeks later, after an internal investigation was launched.

Carlson's lawsuit began a flurry of other stories about Ailes, including a New York Magazine report the 76-year-old also sexually harassed popular Fox News host Megyn Kelly 10 years ago when she began her career.

Multiple sources report to Vanity Fair, "Carlson has agreed not to bring any further legal action against other executives at Fox News, or against the company itself."

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