Lawyer warns Fox re­porter ac­cused of sex­ting against defama­tion suit

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drew Blake

Yashar Ali, the free­lance writer who pub­lished an ar­ti­cle last week con­tain­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment con­cern­ing Fox News per­son­al­ity Eric Bolling, has fired back after be­ing hit with a $50 mil­lion defama­tion suit upon spurring the host’s sus­pen­sion.

Patty Glaser, the writer’s at­tor­ney, re­sponded to the law­suit in a let­ter Fri­day urg­ing Mr. Bolling to ei­ther dis­miss the lit­i­ga­tion im­me­di­ately or risk be­ing dragged over the coals un­der oath.

“Con­tin­u­ing lit­i­ga­tion will only re­veal that Mr. Bolling’s law­suit was filed for pub­lic re­la­tions pur­poses and to re­tal­i­ate against Mr. Ali for un­cov­er­ing the truth,” Ms. Glaser wrote in a let­ter shared by his client’s Twit­ter ac­count Fri­day evening.

“Mr. Ali con­ducted a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ver­i­fied his in­for­ma­tion with 14 in­de­pen­dent sources,” she wrote. “Truth is al­ways a de­fense to defama­tion.”

In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by Huf­fPost on Aug. 4, Mr. Ali wrote that Mr. Bolling had sent an un­so­licited pho­to­graph of male gen­i­talia to at least three cur­rent or former Fox News col­leagues. The net­work in­def­i­nitely sus­pended Mr. Bolling the fol­low­ing day pend­ing the re­sults of an in­ter­nal probe, and the host sued Mr. Ali last week.

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