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Greta Van Susteren and Gretchen Carlson (WENN)
Greta Van Susteren and Gretchen Carlson (WENN)

Gretchen Carlson gets $20 million and an apology from Fox News, Van Susteren out



Fox News settled with former news anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued her former boss Roger Ailes over sexual harassment claims, for $20 million in an out-of-court deal on Tuesday, Vanity Fair reports.

The company will also offer a public apology as part of its settlement. It's not clear how much of the settlement will be paid by Fox News as opposed to Ailes himself, who is reportedly now advising Donald Trump.

On Thursday, Carlson revealed she had secretly recorded Ailes' inappropriate comments.

In a Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

More than two dozen women have accused Ailes of sexual harassment since Carlson sued. Carlson told <em>New York</em> magazine that Ailes asked her to wear tighter outfits.

She also says her role at the network was reduced after she complained to human resources.

I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better.
Roger Ailes, in a secret recording by Carlson

Carlson's contract with Fox had a clause that demanded that all disputes with the company had to be settled in private arbitrations, rather than a public lawsuit.

But Carlson sued Ailes personally to get around that, New York magazine reports.

Here's Fox News' full statement on the settlement.

Also on Tuesday, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren announced she was leaving the station.

Here's Fox's statement on Van Susteren's departure.

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