Report: Fox News Channel Being Investigated for Settlement Payments

Fox News Channel is reportedly under investigation for the way it handled payments to women who accused the network of sexual harassment.

During a hearing on Wednesday, the lawyer for former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros, who has sued the network, said another one of his clients had received a grand jury subpoena in a matter related to Fox News, according to The New York Times.

The lawyer, Judd Burstein, told the Times he believed federal investigators were looking at whether Fox News structured sexual harassment settlement claims by paying them as salaries, so they wouldn’t have to be reported.

The investigators were from the securities fraud division of the U.S. Attorney’s office, according to Burstein.


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