Fox News host Eric Bolling, who is on suspension pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, is taking his case to court. The New York Times reports that Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit today against the author of a Huffington Post report alleging Bolling had sent lewd photos to three female colleagues.
“The article, by Yashar Ali, cited a dozen unidentified people who said that Mr. Bolling had ‘sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.’ On Saturday, a day after the article was published, Fox News said it had suspended Mr. Bolling pending an investigation into the accusations. The network said it had learned about the allegations following an inquiry from HuffPost,” The Times reports.
The report adds: “Mr. Bolling is seeking at least $50 million in reputational, monetary and punitive damages and other costs, according to a summons filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. The summons cites what it calls Mr. Ali’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.’”
Bolling has been one of the co-hosts of “The Fox News Specialists” and the host of the Saturday program “Cashin’ In.”
He’s represented by Michael J. Bowe of the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres. “Marc E. Kasowitz, one of the firm’s partners, is a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump who has also represented Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host who was ousted in April amid allegations of sexual harassment,” The Times notes.
The report quotes a statement from Bowe in which he says: “This anonymously sourced and uncorroborated story is false, defamatory, and obviously intended to destroy this good man’s career and family. We will defend Eric aggressively in court, where actual facts, based on evidence, testimony and cross-examination, will belie these anonymous accusations.”