Fox News Said to Reach $2.5 Million Settlement on Sexual Harassment Claim

Twenty-First Century Fox has reportedly reached a $2.5 million settlement with a former Fox News contributor who claims a network executive attempted to force her to perform oral sex on him.

It comes less than a year after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson—and later, Megyn Kelly—claimed network chief Roger Ailes sexually harassed them, eventually prompting him to resign.

According to The New York Times, former employee Tamara N. Holder alleged she was assaulted in February 2015 by a network executive in his office.


Holder told the Times that she kept the assault a secret because she was concerned the allegations would damage her career—and because lawyers she met with to discuss her case told her that it "had little value because she was not a big star," writes the Times.

In a joint statement, Fox News and Holder said that once she eventually came forward, "the company promptly investigated the matter and took decisive action, for which Ms. Holder thanks the network. Fox News is grateful to Ms. Holder for her many contributions during her tenure at the network and wishes her continued success."

H/t: New York Times