In January of this year, controversial publisher Judith Regan and News Corp. settled her defamation lawsuit — in which she sought $100 million — for an undisclosed sum. "The parties are pleased that they have reached an equitable, confidential settlement, with no admission of liability by any party," according to a joint statement issued at the time.
Now, Bloomberg reports, the sum has been uncovered in an unrelated court case, and Regan walked away with a hefty $10.75 million:
Judith Regan, fired from News Corp.'s HarperCollins unit in 2006, settled a lawsuit against the publisher over her dismissal for $10.75 million, according to a court filing by her former law firm.
The amount, previously undisclosed, was included in a filing in New York state court in Manhattan by Dreier LLP, a New York law firm that sued Regan for legal fees following her settlement of the News Corp. case. The namesake of the law firm, Marc Dreier, was charged yesterday by New York federal prosecutors with directing an unrelated $100 million fraud.
Regan sued News Corp. for calling her an anti-Semite in dismissing her from HarperCollins, while Regan insisted that her firing was related to her affair with Rudy Giuliani's police chief, Bernard Kerik. Newsweek reported that Regan had a mysterious tape that influenced News Corp.'s decision to settle the lawsuit out of court.