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Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson settles lawsuit against ex-CEO Roger Ailes for $20 million

NEW YORK — Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the case that led to the downfall of Fox’s chief executive with stunning swiftness this summer.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson speaks at a media panel at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival on June 12, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for GIFF)

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson speaks at a media panel at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival on June 12, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for GIFF)

Carlson was paid $20 million in the settlement with 21st Century Fox, according to someone familiar with the confidential settlement who spoke under condition of anonymity.

In a highly unusual public statement on Tuesday morning, the company said, “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our colleagues deserve.”

Carlson alleged that she was demoted and let go from Fox after she refused Ailes’ sexual advances and complained about workplace harassment.

Ailes resigned in the wake of the allegations, which he has continuously denied.

Vanity Fair magazine, which first reported the settlement, also said that Fox has also reached settlements with two other women who alleged harassment by Ailes.

The source also said Ailes is paying an unknown portion of the settlement.

Ailes’ lawyer Susan Estrich denied that claim, but declined further comment on the settlement.

The settlement means that Carlson will not testify against Ailes or share any evidence of harassment. Several news outlets have reported that Carlson recorded some of her meetings with Ailes.

“I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my Complaint,” Carlson said in a statement Tuesday. “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 … All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”

CNN and the Associated Press contributed to this report.