The journalist targeted by a defamation lawsuit from suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling is fighting back against the $50 million lawsuit.
Attorney Patricia Glaser, who’s representing journalist Yashar Ali, called Bolling’s suit “utterly devoid of merit,” The Huffington Post reports. Ali is demanding that Bolling drop the lawsuit.
“The Summons with Notice you filed on August 9, 2017 is purposefully sparse on allegations,” Glaser wrote in a letter demanding that the suit be dropped, “and does not identify which purportedly ‘false and misleading’ statements could possibly support a $50 million damages award.”
The report adds: “In his original story, Ali said he had spoken to 14 sources in and out of Fox News and Fox Business. Prior to publication, he reached out to Bolling to ask if at any point he had ‘sent lewd or inappropriate text messages or emails to Fox News or Fox Business colleagues that were unsolicited’ and specifically, whether he sent an image of male genitalia to them.”
Michael J. Bowe, an attorney representing Bolling, reportedly replied on Aug. 4 that Bolling “recalls no such inappropriate communications” and “does not believe” he sent them.
In her letter, Glaser wrote that “Bolling’s recollection and belief hardly constitute a denial of the accusations against him.”
Fox News is investigating the allegations and has placed Bolling on suspension.
“He initiated the lawsuit through a summons to Ali on Aug. 9, but has not yet filed a full suit,” HuffPost notes. “Glaser called the summons ‘frivolous’ because it ‘asserts material factual statements that are false’ and was ‘filed to harass or maliciously injure’ Ali.”
Glaser also said Ali has been targeted by racist attacks online since Bolling began his legal action against Ali.
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., describes Glaser as a “powerhouse litigator” and notes that her letter was sent today to Bowe along with Fox News’ Executive VP for legal and business affairs Dianne Brandi.