Gretchen Carlson has had a number of titles throughout her career: Miss Minnesota, Miss America, reporter and TV anchor. And now, according to NPR, she’s “the woman who brought down Fox News.”

On Tuesday, Vanity Fair reported, Carlson settled a sexual harassment lawsuit she brought against Fox News and its former chairman and chief executive, Roger Ailes, for $20 million. As part of the settlement, Fox News, which is owned by 21Century Fox, issued an apology: “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.”

Carlson filed the lawsuit in July, alleging that Ailes had made inappropriate sexual advances to her and that when she turned him down he retaliated by not renewing her contract. At the time, Fox News said it had “full confidence” in Ailes but that it would conduct an internal review. He stated, “This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

So it was significant that two months later, a settlement was reached for such a high figure and that it included the apology.

Although initially some people had said that Carlson’s lawsuit was merely sour grapes because her contract had not been reviewed, more than 20 women were reported to have come forward with similar allegations against Ailes. He resigned under pressure less than three weeks after Carlson filed suit.

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