- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2016

Plagued by growing allegations of sexual harassment by current and former Fox News Channel personalities, network chief Roger Ailes resigned Thursday afternoon, effective immediately, 21st Century Fox said.

Mr. Ailes, 76, will take a $60 million golden parachute, the Daily News reported Thursday afternoon, citing tweets by reporter and author Gabriel Sherman. He will reportedly stay on with Fox as a consultant until 2018.

Allegations of sexual harassment came to light in early July in a New Jersey court filing by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. In the filing, Ms. Carlson alleges Mr. Ailes made repeated sexual advances and, at one point, told her that her career would have progressed further had she acceded to them.

Within days, other women came forward with their own stories of misconduct by Mr. Ailes, with one alleging misconduct as far back as the late 1960s, according to New York Magazine.

The situation apparently reached a breaking point this week when it was reported that top Fox personality Megyn Kelly was among the women who had told investigators about harassment from Mr. Ailes, which he denied.

Mr. Sherman, the national affairs editor for New York Magazine and author of the 2014 bestseller “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country,” broke the news Tuesday regarding Ms. Kelly’s statement to investigators regarding Mr. Ailes’s treatment of the prime-time anchor.

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