- Fox News settles lawsuit with former producer, Abby Grossberg, for $12 million.
- Grossberg alleged that she was pressured into giving false testimony for a defamation case against Dominion Voting Systems.
- The settlement signals a potential shift in Fox News' treatment of women and minorities in the workplace.
Fox News has reached a settlement in a recent lawsuit, courtesy of Abby Grossberg, a former producer for the network's prime-time host, Tucker Carlson. The settlement marks a $12 million recompense to Grossberg, who alleged she was maneuvered into providing false testimony for a defamation case against Dominion Voting Systems.
Grossberg publicly expressed her relief, “With the settlement of $12 million in place, and my claims withdrawn, I am reassured that Fox News has treated my legal allegations with gravity," she said on Friday. "Following today's negotiations, I am optimistic that this resolution signifies Fox News' progressive attitude towards the welfare of women and minorities in the workplace.”
Earlier this year, Grossberg had lodged complaints against Fox in both New York and Delaware, where she also alleged the network of discriminatory practices. It was her legal team's assertion that Grossberg's termination from Fox was in retaliation.
Maintaining the integrity of her claims, Grossberg stated, "I am standing by my publicly filed claims and allegations, and any public statements my attorneys and I have made about my employment at Fox News." She politely declined to make further comments about her Fox News tenure.
Grossberg's tenure at Fox included working with hosts Carlson, who left Fox following the network's settlement with Dominion, and Maria Bartiromo. She claimed that the network's legal team manipulated and pressured her into providing misleading testimony in the Dominion lawsuit.
This past April, a trial was abruptly halted when Fox pledged to pay a staggering $787.5 million to Dominion to settle a defamation lawsuit. The suit alleged that Dominion's voting machines had been falsely accused of influencing the 2020 presidential election's outcome. Grossberg maintained that she would have willingly testified for Dominion had the trial taken place.
A Fox spokesperson stated on Friday, "We are gratified to resolve this matter without additional litigation." Fox had previously rebuffed Grossberg's allegations, providing an explanation for her departure from the network.
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