Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims

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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 reporter Yashar Ali revealed on his official Twitter account Wednesday that Fox News' Eric Bolling was slapping him with an enormous lawsuit.

Calling the accusations "highly 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.

As Ali's court notice began circulating Wednesday, Bolling also tweeted: "I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks!"

Bolling is represented by Michael Bowe - a lawyer from the same firm as Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal attorney until July.

On Friday, HuffPost ran an article citing 14 sources that accused Fox News host Eric Bolling of sending nude images to women and co-workers.

Bolling's lawyer said that "the anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair".

Bolling received a ton of support from fans in response to his tweet.

"Yashar Ali is a paid freelancer under contract with HuffPost", Polgreen added. Fox News then announced it was investigating the matter and Bolling would be suspended during that investigation.

Bolling has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Bolling's accusations were only addressed in a summons in Manhattan Supreme Court. In the initial story, Ali says he spoke to 14 sources on the condition of anonymity because they either now work at the networks, can't speak to press without permission or signed confidentiality agreements. "We stand by his reporting". On one occasion when she was in town, he took her into his office and told her it was his favorite place to have sex, she said. The other two, she claims, were former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and current consultant Woody Fraser. Fox Business host Charles Payne is now suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation into his own sex harassment charges.

Fox News has been forced to handle several misconduct allegations in recent months.

"My only surprise is that it took this long for people to come forward about Bolling's behavior, which has been wildly inappropriate for years", Heldman wrote. The network is also looking into a separate claim by frequent Fox News guest Caroline Heldman that Bolling sexually harassed her.

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