The fallout continues for Fox News from the crisis involving alleged mistreatment of women working at the cable channel. The New York Times cites sources who were briefed on the situation saying 21st Century Fox agreed in late February to settle a case involving a sexual assault allegation for more than $2.5 million.
The case involves former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder, who said a network executive “tried to force her to perform oral sex on him in February 2015 when the two were alone in his office, according to interviews with four people briefed on her account, and documents that detail her claims,” The Times reports.
“Ms. Holder did not immediately report the episode to the company or the police, fearing that doing so would ruin her career, interviews and documents show,” The Times adds.
“Ms. Holder reported her allegations to Fox News last fall. The network investigated her claims, and the executive, Francisco Cortes, the vice president for Fox News Latino, was terminated, according to two people familiar with the matter. Ms. Holder left Fox News after her contract expired on January 1, 2017,” the paper reports.
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes left the network last July amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations.
“In the months since Mr. Ailes’s departure, 21st Century Fox has struck agreements with several women who made sexual harassment complaints about Mr. Ailes and others at the network,” The Times notes. “They include a $20 million settlement with Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit against Mr. Ailes in July led to his ouster; a deal with Juliet Huddy, a longtime Fox News personality who made sexual harassment claims against the network’s top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly; and now the agreement with Ms. Holder, who had been a legal and political analyst at Fox News since 2010.”
Ailes and O’Reilly have denied the sexual harassment allegations against them.
The settlement of sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly by Juliet Huddy was reported back in January.