Report: Fox News Settles Sexual Assault Case

Exec Francisco Cortes dismissed after reported incident last year

Fox News Channel has reportedly paid $2.5 million to a former contributor who said a network executive sexually assaulted her.

The New York Times reported that Tamara Holder said Fox News Latino VP Francisco Cortes tried to force her into a sex act. Cortes was dismissed from the company, the Times said.

Fox News was embroiled in a number of sexual harassment cases last year, leading to network chairman Roger Ailes' resignation and the payment of more than $30 million in settlements to former employees, including anchor Gretchen Carlson.

In a joint statement, FNC and Holder said: “In September 2016 Fox News contributor Tamara Holder reported an incident of sexual assault at Fox News headquarters from the prior year. Immediately after Ms. Holder notified Fox News of the alleged incident, the Company promptly investigated the matter and took decisive action, for which Ms. Holder thanks the network.”