Fox News paid a $12 million settlement to former "Tucker Carlson Tonight" producer Abby Grossberg, the Daily Caller reported. Grossberg's lawsuit claimed that the network created a hostile working environment.
"We are pleased that we have been able to resolve this matter without further litigation," a network spokesperson told reporters. The lawsuit was settled Friday in the U.S. Southern District of New York.
In her legal filings, Grossberg alleged that she was forced to conceal the truth about the editorial process at the network during its lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems. The company sued Fox News for defamation over inaccurate claims made on the network about the 2020 presidential election.
"They destroy people," Grossberg said in an NBC interview in March. "I realized that the answers that they wanted me to say were putting me in a very vulnerable position to be the company scapegoat."
Grossberg also alleged network executives were sexist toward her while she worked for host Maria Bartiromo and Carlson. However, her lawyer admitted that she never met Carlson.
"Abby never met Tucker Carlson in person because he taped the show from his personal studios in Maine and Florida," her attorney told Amber Athey, editor at The Spectator Washington. Grossberg was in charge of booking Carlson's guests.
According to three people at the network, internal investigations within Fox News turned up no evidence for Grossberg's claim about "Tucker Carlson Tonight" staff. However, her attorney said these claims were "outlandish" and that "litigation is still active."
Fox News backed the individuals' claims in a statement from network spokesman Justin Wells Friday. "Former Fox News Producer Abby Grossberg filed a lawsuit against Fox, including employees working on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show," he began in a tweet.
"On behalf of those individuals: 'We deny Ms. Grossberg’s claims and allegations against Tucker Carlson and his team,'" Wells wrote. "'Nevertheless, we are glad that Fox has settled this matter and that all sides can move forward.'"
Grossberg took a victory lap after receiving news of her settlement. "I am hopeful, based on our discussions with Fox News today, that this resolution represents a positive step by the network regarding its treatment of women and minorities in the workplace," she said.
Settlements do not necessarily indicate that there was any truth to the claims. It's possible Fox News was trying to get rid of Grossberg rather than endure lengthy and costly litigation.
It seems that Carlson has a target on his back at the network for one reason or another. He was abruptly fired from his position in April, and subsequent leaks of text messages seemed to be an attempt for Fox to justify its decision.
The establishment media, like the New York Times, attempted to turn Carlson's words into a scandal, including a comment about how a skirmish was "not how white men fight." However, that mostly fell flat as Carlson continued to be as popular as ever when he posted his first video to Twitter which garnered a quick 70 million views, The Hill reported.
There's a chance that Grossberg's claims are accurate, and this settlement is her just reward. Still, this could be another example of the concerted attacks leveled against Carlson.