Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims

Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims

Eric Bolling, suspended Fox News hosting star, has launched a $50 million lawsuit against journalist Yashar Ali for defamation, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

Ali tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he had received a summons in a defamation lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages.

The summons accuses Ali of "reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character". "I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources", Ali tweeted Wednesday night.

And if that law firm looks familiar, well it is because Marc Kasowitz has served as President Donald Trump's attorney in the past and was at one point tapped by the president to represent him in the Russian Federation probe.

Since the allegations emerged, a Fox News guest, who says she was sexually harassed by Bill O'Reilly. has come forward to claim she was also on the receiving end of unwanted advances by Bolling.

HuffPost issued a statement in response to the summons: "Yashar Ali is a careful and meticulous reporter".

In addition to HuffPost, Ali writes for Mother Jones and NY magazines.

Bolling's suspension is the latest scandal to rock Fox News, which has weathered several high-profile sexual harassment claims over the past few years. Bolling's attorney, Michael Bowe, has said, "The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair". Bolling never had any interactions with Ms. Heldman of a sexual nature, and any such accusation would be false and defamatory'.

In the Huffington Post article, Ali wrote that "a dozen sources" told him current and former colleagues at Fox News had Bolling send them lewd photos of male genitalia.

But Caroline Heldman, a Democrat strategist, said Bolling's on air compliments to her gave her "grave concern" and added that he spoke to her about sex when the two were in his office.

"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. "We stand by his reporting", HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen said in an article on the site.

Fox News has retained the services of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a prominent law firm with prior experience in handling legal cases in the entertainment industry, to head the investigation.

She said Ali's story had 14 sources. "THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT", Bolling wrote on Twitter.

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