Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA), one of the NASDAQ Stock listed Hollywood companies has reached an agreement with its former contributor who had complained being sexually assaulted by one of the company’s executive in 2015.
The company has been fighting claims of sexual harassment since Roger Ailes, the company’s ousted chief was accused by Gretchen Carlson, a former contributor at the company. Tamara Holder, a contributor at the company, is the first to be compensated financially after getting $2.5 million in what came to be the first sexual assault claim made public. Holder who called it a day at Fox News at the end of 2016 revealed the settlement in a joint statement with the company on Wednesday.
Fox remained economical on news surrounding the settlement but sources privy to the matter and who were not authorized to discuss the same confirmed the reports. In the report, Holder had accused the company’s vice president in charge of Fox News Latino Francisco Cortes of sexual assault at Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan.
The incident is said to have happened in February 2015 according to anonymous sources privy to the matter. Holder reported the matter on October 21, 2016 and Cortes was ousted from the company on Oct. 27.
Cortes’ attorney Jay Sanchez declined to comment on the development instead saying he was weighing the available legal options for his client.
Holder was represented by Lisa Bloom of The Bloom Firm based in Los Angeles. Before leaving the new giant, Holder was a commentator on shows like “Hannity.” According to information on her website, Holder is an attorney, television host and standup comic. He started her career at Fox News in 2012.
Holder’s case is not the first on the Fox News. The company has paid heavily in settlement fees to a number of women who complained of sexual harassment since Carlson’s case first came up. The case attracted a $20 million settlement fee following the exit of Ailes from the company. Ailes who cashed $40 million to prematurely call off his contract has denied charges of sexual harassment made against him.