21st Century Fox reaches $90M settlement for sexual harassment scandals

ABC News Dan Abrams and New Yorker contributor Ronan Farrow analyze how sexual misconduct claims are reshaping the media industry as allegations have hit high-profile stars at CBS News, Fox News and the New York Times.
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Transcript for 21st Century Fox reaches $90M settlement for sexual harassment scandals
they will head to mar-a-lago for the holiday. More on the sexual harassment scandal and the media. One network is taking a big step to make changes and ABC's Adrienne Bankert is here with the story. Good morning, Adrienne. Reporter: Good morning to you. Good morning, everyone. Some of the most celebrated names in television now disgraced and forcing media companies to take action. This morning, as pbs and CBS suspend iconic interviewer Charlie rose -- Does it change you? Or simply make you want to make yourself be as good as you can? Reporter: Following accusations from eight women who say the CBS morning show host sexually harassed them in a variety of ways including walking around naked in his bathrobe, groping them and making lewd phone calls. Overnight more fallout. 21st century fox reaching a $09 million settlement following a series of scandals at Fox News which eventually cost news president Roger Ailes and talk show host Bill O'Reilly their jobs. Am I mad at god? Yeah, I'm mad at him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn't happen. I can't explain it to you. Yeah, I'm mad at him. Reporter: Fox announcing they will create the Fox News workplace professionalism and inclusion council to ensure a safe workplace environment. When situations like that happen to women, you fear that it's going to be your fault, you're not going to be believed. You're going to lose your job. Reporter: It has cost fox about 50 million over just the last year. That figure does not include the payout to Ailes who before he died earlier this year received $40 million and O'Reilly who received 25 million to leave the company and now "The New York Times," the paper which exposed the multiple the allegations against O'Reilly now faces allegations that one of its star reporters, Glen fluthrush to cover the trump administration engaged in unwanted sexual behavior towards four female journalists. They allege he attempted to kiss and touch them inappropriately. With recent revelations in Hollywood and at the highest levels of media and now government, employees are also coming out to reveal a shameful workplace culture, Michael. And this is far reaching, Adrienne. We're seeing a domino effect in state and local government as well. Reporter: Absolutely. In fact, nearly a dozen state capitols are embroiled in a accusations that a number of lawmakers have been engaging in suspected or suspicious activity. Florida involved in a rash of issuers, an alleged sexual affair or extramarital affair, so this is not over yet. It may just be the beginning. Every day seems to be some shocking news. Joining us is our chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams and Ronan farrow contributor with the "New Yorker" magazine. Where do we possibly begin? Let's start with Charlie rose. Look, Charlie rose was a person we all knew and interabilitied with. I think all of this table, these were rumors that were whispered that certainly I had heard about. That's not the same thing as having it reportable and spending a lot of time getting it right as "The Washington post" did but I do think it illustrates it's close to home. This is not Republicans or Democrats or the media world. In all of our societies and cultures and workplace. Any kind of legal exposure for Charlie have. You got to separate out civil from criminal, right? So a civil would mean sexual harassment. Triple could mean an unwanted touching. People forget that sometimes. That reaches to the level of criminality. Based on what's in "The Washington post" story. Probably not based on the timing of it and based on what the actions were. But that doesn't mean that more people aren't going to come forward. So if you're Charlie rose right now, what you're worried about is additional people coming forward, additional information that in particular could make him potentially responsible civilly and, again, when you think about how little it Tays to cross the line into an unwanted touching, all you need to do is make insure you have get it within the statute of limitations. I'm anything of his co-hosts, Gayle king and Norah to have to address that which they did on their program today and the things that they said about being straightforward with it. But also when -- I mean that report was so detailed and so disturbing in some of the allegations and part of it, Ronan, was that it seemed that so many people knew about this. Not maybe the extent of it, but they were aware. And this is the pattern, look, there is a variety of factors that create a veil of silence around this issue in our society and for Charlie rose it was sort of the collegial nature of our business, you know, kind of we talked about this in makeup rooms and rumors of it but didn't rise to the threshold. One of the things we did see, you saw in the Charlie rose story his executive producer clearly knew about this, clearly had people -- that's a parallel with the Harvey Weinstein story is that at points it does take enablers inside. Yeah, look, with the Charlie rose story there was one particular person, right? There was an executive producer longtime of the show who apparently gotten a number of reports now expresses great regret for not having done more but it's never the case that these people can act alone, right? When you're -- we're talking a lot about people who do in this se se serially and allegation after allegation after allegation and it's dangerous. A new one broke. One of the things you're cracking open, the Harvey Weinstein case are these N nondisclosure agreement, settlements that company often reach with the women who are leaving. The culture of silence isn't always just a culture. You know, from Cosby to O'Reilly and certainly in Weinstein's case there were legal protections that allowed silence to continue. And what we have in this new story which is just going live now is that detailed rundown of the way in which Harvey Weinstein used nondisclosure agreements with huge payouts attached. Sometimes up to a million dollars and with really draconian measures. To never talk about. Never talk about it. In one case elaborate monitoring systems asking a woman to turn over social media password and every device to destroy all evidence of a crime. Basic in any case. You see these all the time and a real movement now nationwide that's going after these kinds of agreements. And it's about who is paying for them as you point out. Bob Weinstein in a couple of cases and he is a guy who denied he knew anything about it, we have documented that, he, in fact, underwrote two of those settlements in the -- Is there any way to outlaw these? You can do anything, right? Yeah, sure, you could create legislation which says that it is no longer valid in terms of a deal -- That's pending in a couple of state. It's going to be very tough to get it to pass for a variety of reasons. You just keep peeling back the onion more and more. Dan, Ronan, always good to see you there. You can see Ronan's full story on the new Yorker website this morning. Thank you for being here. Coming up as you travel for

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