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Fox News Paid $50 Million Over Sex And Discrimination Lawsuits In 12 Month Period

Twenty-First Century Fox paid out $50 million to settle sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits at Fox News in the last 12 months.

The figure was disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which was published on Monday.

Fox News has been plagued by allegations of sexual harassment ever since former presenter Gretchen Carlson made accusations against late CEO Roger Ailes.

Ailes eventually resigned his position to avoid ‘becoming a distraction’, reportedly receiving a payoff of $40 million.

Bill O’Reilly, then the channel’s most-viewed host, was also dropped by Fox in April after it emerged that $13 million had been paid to at least five women in return for not pursuing cases against him or speaking out about alleged abuse.

Fox Sports boss Jamie Horowitz was fired last month amid a sexual harassment probe, while Fox Business host Charles Payne and Fox News host Eric Bolling have also been accused of harassment in recent weeks, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The $50 million figure does not include the payout to Ailes, or the reported $25million that was given to O’Reilly.

The filing also warns that fallout from ‘allegations of misconduct at the company’s Fox News Channel could impact the operations and management of the business.’

It notes: ‘Since July 2016, the CEO of Fox News Channel resigned and… the network’s prime time lineup has significantly changed which could have a negative impact on our ratings.


By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE

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