Fox’s Bolling sues over lewd-texts story

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

Sus­pended Fox News host Eric Bolling has filed a $50 mil­lion defama­tion law­suit against the Huff­in­g­ton Post con­trib­u­tor be­hind a story say­ing that Mr. Bolling sent lewd text mes­sages to fe­male col­leagues sev­eral years ago.

Mr. Bolling filed the law­suit in state Supreme Court in Man­hat­tan ac­cus­ing con­tribut­ing writer Yashar Ali of mak­ing mis­lead­ing state­ments about the Fox News host’s con­duct and char­ac­ter.

Mr. Ali’s story last Fri­day cited 14 anony­mous sources cor­rob­o­rat­ing claims that Mr. Bolling sent at least two fe­male col­leagues an “un­so­licited” photo of his gen­i­tals. Mr. Bolling, co-host of “Fox News Spe­cial­ists,” was sub­se­quently sus­pended “pend­ing the re­sults of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

“This anony­mously sourced and un­cor­rob­o­rated story is false, defam­a­tory, and ob­vi­ously in­tended to de­stroy this good man’s ca­reer and fam­ily,” Mr. Bolling’s lawyer, Michael J. Bowe, said in a state­ment.

Mr. Ali and the Post are stand­ing by the story.

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