The costs of the Roger Ailes era at Fox News keep rising.
Ailes resigned in the summer of 2016, but Fox’s parent company 21st Century Fox spent another $10 million on settlements in the first three months of 2017. A corporate filing on Wednesday said that the costs were “related to settlements of pending and potential litigations.”
Current and former Fox News employees accused Ailes of sexual harassment and other improper behavior after ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him last July. Ailes resigned two weeks after the suit was filed. Carlson received a $20 million settlement payment. An unknown number of other women received smaller amounts.
All told, including the most recent $10 million, the company has incurred costs of about $45 million relating to the sexual harassment scandal, according to Wednesday’s filing. The figures released on Wednesday do not include Fox’s exit payment to Ailes. He reportedly received $40 million, which represented the amount owed to him for the remainder of his contract.