Roger Ailes’ attorney says that Ailes is “not contributing” to the $20 million that Fox News’ parent company has agreed to pay Gretchen Carlson to settle a sexual harassment suit.
Attorney Susan Estrich’s comment would mean 21st Century Fox would have to pay the entire amount, which was first reported by Vanity Fair. 21st Century Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an apology to Carlson on Tuesday, 21st Century Fox did not disclose a financial figure.
“21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit. During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism,” the statement said. “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.”
The suit, filed in July in Bergen County, New Jersey, claimed the former “Real Story” host refused Ailes’ sexual advances and that her relationship with Fox News was severed nine months later “as a direct and proximate result.”
She wrote Tuesday: “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.”