Did Fox Decline Offer to Settle Sexual Harassment Suits for $60 Million?

New York Times reported that lawyers offered a settlement in July, Fox refused to pay.

August 9, 2017 11:30 am
Fox News Failed to Settle 20-Plus Sexual Harassment Claims for $60 Million
An advertisement for Bill O'Reilly's top-rated Fox News show is displayed in the window of the News Corporation headquarters on April 5, 2017 in New York City. Following allegations that he sexually harassed several women, over a dozen major advertisers, have pulled their ads from 'The O'Reilly Factor.' (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Fox had an opportunity to get out of its hole. But according to The New York Times, it decided to dig itself ever deeper.

The Times, quoting a pair of anonymous sources, says that in late July, at the outset of the sexual harassment scandal that has wreaked havoc on the cable news channel and claimed some of its top personalities (first Megyn Kelly, then Bill O’Reilly), Fox could’ve thrown in the towel and paid $60 million to settle more than 20 lawsuits.

But Fox balked.

Since then, the cable news net and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, have been mired in a veritable tornado of litigation, stemming from gender and racial discrimination claims; sexual harassment allegations; and one regarding an alleged fake news attack on a former Democratic National Committee aide. Besides Kelly’s exit and O’Reilly’s ouster, a number of others have found themselves either out of a job (see: Bill Shine) or on the opposite end of allegations (Eric Bolling, Charles Payne).


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