Lurid Harassment Story Triggers Suit by Fox News Host

11 August, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Fox News Host Eric Bolling is reportedly suing the Huffington Post reporter who broke a story claiming the Fox News host had sent several female co-workers lewd

Fox News host Eric Bolling, who is under investigation for allegedly sending graphic, unsolicited pictures to female colleagues, is suing the journalist who first reported the allegations last week for $50 million.

Huffington Post contributing writer Yashar Ali said Wednesday he received a summons from Bolling's lawyers.

The defamation lawsuit seeks $50 million in damages for 'the defendant's efforts to injure the plaintiff's reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Bolling thanked his supporters and said he would "continue to fight against these false smear attacks".

Bolling has hired the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres, whose chief partner, Marc E. Kasowitz, has been a lawyer for Donald Trump and has even been involved in Trump's legal team contesting the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", Fox News said in a statement emailed to Business Insider on Saturday.

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"This anonymously sourced and uncorroborated story is false, defamatory, and obviously meant to destroy this good man's career and family", Bolling's main lawyer Michael Bowe said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

Ali's reporting relied exclusively on anonymous sources. Asked for comment about the lawsuit, a Fox News spokesperson did not provide further comment other than noting he is still suspended. Bolling's attorney, Michael Bowe, has said, "The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair". Bolling, particularly if he didn't do it (and he enjoys a presumption of innocence under the law) is taking the only step he can be challenging his accuser in #Open Court in a shock and awe gambit to clear his name.

Ali, a contributor to the site, reported last week that Bolling sent a text of male genitalia to two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.

"Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to HuffPost. "Ali is a paid freelancer under contract with HuffPost". The Weiss firm was also brought in to investigate Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes before they were ousted from the network.

She said Ali's story had 14 sources.

In early July, longtime Fox Business Network host Charles Payne was suspended after a frequent guest on the network accused him of sexual harassment. Fox Business host Charles Payne is now suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation into his own sex harassment charges.

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