Judith Regan and News Corp.could be headed to court after talks aimed at avoiding a lawsuit between the embattled former publisher and her ex-employer broke down, sources say. According to a story published today inRadar Online, the two parties had tentatively agreed that Regan would receive roughly $6 million and would not sue HarperCollins parent company News Corp.
Regan maintains that the publication of O.J. Simpson’s canceled book, If I Did It, was okayed by News Corp. higher ups including HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman and News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch. Regan was terminated in the aftermath of the controversy over If I Did It, which was met with public outrage, leading Murdoch to scrap the book. Regan was threatening to sue for libel and wrongful termination.
According to Radar, the two parties had tentatively agreed that Regan would receive roughly $6 million and would not sue HarperCollins parent company News Corp. When asked about the breakdown of the deal, Erin Crum, HarperCollins head of corporate communications, declined to comment. Jane Friedman was not immediately available for comment, nor was Regan’s lawyer, Bert Fields.