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Feb162017

POLITICS/MEDIA: Fox News Network, 21st Century Fox, sexual harassment litigation payouts?: "Federal prosecutors are probing sexual harassment settlements paid out by Fox News" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Federal prosecutors are probing sexual harassment settlements paid out by Fox News" - From the LAT:

The U.S. attorney’s office is exploring whether Fox News settlement payments for sexual harassment claims should have been reported to the shareholders of parent company 21st Century Fox. Fox News said in a statement issued Wednesday that it has been in discussions with the office “for months” regarding the matter, adding that no one in the company has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.

The information first surfaced during a court hearing in which Judd Burstein, the attorney for Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros, said another one of his clients had recently been subpoenaed to discuss the matter. He did not reveal which client. Tantaros, who until last April had been a co-host on the Fox News daytime show “Outnumbered,” is suing her employer, claiming she was removed from her on-air role in retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint against her former boss, Roger Ailes.

Burstein said in court that he was told there was an “ongoing criminal investigation” related to the sexual harassment allegations that plagued Fox News last year, according to the New York Daily News, which covered the hearing on whether Tantaros’ case should go to arbitration. Burstein’s comment in court led Fox News to issue a statement acknowledging that it has been in touch with the U.S. attorney’s office .................