Fox News pays $12 million to former producer who accused network of 'rampant sexism'

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 July 1, 2023

Fox News channel has settled yet another lawsuit against it, this time giving $12 million to former producer Abby Grossberg, who claims she was repeatedly harrassed there and that there is "rampant sexism" at the network.

Grossburg filed the suit in March, accusing Fox News of coercing her into giving false testimony in the Dominion defamation lawsuit and of encouraging a deeply "misogynist" workplace.

She sued not only Fox News, but its parent company, former primetime host Tucker Carlson and several senior executives. She was fired by the network within days of filing the suits.

In her settlement announcement, Grossberg said she stands by her allegations but would withdraw all of the lawsuits as part of the settlement.

Heartened and hopeful

“I am heartened that Fox News has taken me and my legal claims seriously,” Grossberg said. “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.”

Fox News, who had previously denied Grossberg's allegations as “riddled with false allegations,” said through a spokesperson, “We are pleased that we have been able to resolve this matter without further litigation.”

While at Fox News, Grossberg worked on Maria Bartiromo's show and later moved to "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Her allegations that she was forced to give false testimony in the Dominion case weakened Fox News's position and helped to bring about a $787 million settlement in the case.

Grossberg also said she was subjected to uncomfortable sexual questions, frequent use of the "C-word," and comments about which female politicians were "more f***able."

Many allegations

Some of her allegations were supported by a series of audiotapes she recorded while working for Bartiromo, and which Jack Smith now wants to see as he investigates whether Trump broke any laws in his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Grossberg said the harassment was so severe that she thought about killing herself while working at Fox.

Tucker Carlson was taken off the network airwaves in April and a definitive reason has still not been given for his departure. Many assume the Dominion lawsuit was part of the reason, and Grossberg's allegations may have played into it as well.

Grossberg's attorney in the lawsuit praised her effusively for her courage and honesty.

“It has been the honor of my career to serve as Abby’s attorney over the past year,” her attorney Gerry Filippatos said in a statement on Friday afternoon. “A more courageous and honest person, skilled and devoted journalist, and fierce advocate for justice I have never met.”

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