The lawsuit claims that Carlson was subjected to a hostile work environment by her "Fox and Friends" co-host Steve Doocy, whom she claims made sexist comments toward her. She alleges that Ailes ignored her complaints and called her a "man hater."
Fox News' parent company announced in a statement that it was launching an internal investigation into Carlson's claims: "While we have full confidence in Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades, we have commenced an internal review of the matter."
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On Sept. 2, New York Magazine reporter Gabe Sherman released an expose detailing Ailes' history of abuse towards women during his tenure at Fox News. In response, Ailes has hired Charles Harder, the lawyer that represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker, and sent a complaint to New York Magazine.
On September 6, Fox announced that it had reached a settlement with Carlson, and Ailes' attorney told TheWrap that the agreement does not involve Ailes paying Carlson. "We are proud that [Carlson] was part of the Fox News team," Fox said in a statement. "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.”