Eric Bolling Plans to Sue HuffPost Contributor Yashar Ali Over Harassment Story

Eric Bolling Plans to Sue HuffPost Contributor Yashar Ali Over Harassment Story”

A suspended Fox News host accused of sexually harassing colleagues is now suing the HuffPost reporter who broke the news.

Bolling has vehemently denied the allegations and on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court against Ali, seeking $50 million in damages for defamation. "I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources", Ali tweeted.

Bolling, 54, is being represented by the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, whose founder, Marc E. Kasowitz, is a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump.

Bolling's suspension from Fox News happened after Yashar cited more than a dozen sources last Friday to report that the Fox News host texted female Fox News colleagues an "unsolicited" photo of his penis.

Bolling's suit, as Ali noted, does not name HuffPost, an entity that could conceivably pay the damages that Bolling seeks.

Ali was first to report that MSNBC was in talks to hire Hugh Hewitt and give him his own show, which it did.

Fox News said that an investigation 'is now underway, ' with attorney Paul Weiss leading the proceedings.

Bolling's attorney, Michael J. Bowe, didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment late Wednesday. 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.

Despite the attack on the integrity of his reporting and the whopper of a lawsuit, Ali completed his reaction on Twitter by saying that he won't stop reporting "on Eric Bolling or anyone else. We stand by his reporting", HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen said in an article on the site. 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 Weiss firm was also brought in to investigate Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes before they were ousted from the network. He has worked at Fox News since 2008.

Others at Fox News later came forward with similar claims, and Ailes left the company on July 21, 2016.

Following the initial report on the Bolling allegations, Caroline Heldman, a former Fox News contributor, said in a Facebook post that the cable news host's conduct had been "wildly inappropriate for years".

Fox News suspended Bolling the day after the allegations were made public and launched an investigation into the claims. "THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT", Bolling wrote on Twitter.

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