Audi is paying more than 1.5 million euros ($1.74 million) in severance pay to an engineer caught up in its diesel-cheating scandal, a German media report said.
The deal means that details of Audi's rigging of diesel engines will not come before court after the engineer, Giovanni Pamio, sued Audi for wrongful dismissal, the report said.
Pamio was released by a German court in November after authorities concluded he had not been a "decisive decision maker" in the scandal and had warned his superiors about problems meeting U.S. emissions standards. Pamio had been arrested as a flight risk but was freed on bail after cooperating with investigators.
Audi, which dismissed Pamio soon after the scandal became public, has agreed to pay the engineer severance tied to a confidentiality clause, according to a report published Friday by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper, and the NDR and WDR television stations.
The clause states that Pamio cannot talk publicly about Audi or the scandal, although he must cooperate with investigations by Audi and the authorities, the report said.
German prosecutors are investigating emissions cheating at Audi, and earlier this week arrested CEO Rupert Stadler amid allegations he might be trying to tamper with evidence.
Audi engineers created so-called defeat devices in 1999, years before parent Volkswagen Group used them to manipulate emissions 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported after the diesel crisis broke.