Eric Bolling sues over claims he sent penis photos

Laura Christensen
August 11, 2017

Eric Bolling, suspended Fox News hosting star, has launched a $50 million lawsuit against journalist Yashar Ali for defamation, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

That reporter, the Huffington Post's Yashar Ali, wrote on Twitter that he received his summons August 9, adding that Bolling wants $50 million in damages due to defamation brought forth from the article. The suit accuses Ali of "highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character", leading to damage to Bolling's reputation. "I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources", Ali tweeted Wednesday night.

On Monday, Bolling tweeted: "Overwhelmed by all the support I have received".

In the same article, Ali mentioned that Bolling had criticized NY congressman Anthony Weiner for his own involvement in a "sexting" controversy.

UPDATE 6:10 PM ET: The headline has been corrected to show that Bolling hasn't actually filed the lawsuit yet, but has served a summons to show that he is planning to sue Ali.

In addition to HuffPost, Ali writes for Mother Jones and NY magazines. "We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account".

Notably, Bolling is being represented in the lawsuit by Michael J. Bowe of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres LLP.

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Bolling's suit doesn't name Huffington Post.

'Not going to 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.

Ali also noted that HuffPost isn't named in the suit.

Accusations of sexual harassment are among the most toxic that one can issue or receive in the work place. Bolling is accused of a particularly gross act, texting pictures of his private parts unsolicited to several female employees at Fox.

It's been just over a year since former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sent shock waves through the network by suing then-CEO Roger Ailes. On the following day, he was suspended from the network and a former Fox guest wrote a lengthy Facebook post chronicling her unsettling encounters with Bolling. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, claimed she was sacked for rejecting Ailes's sexual advances, prompting a lawsuit.

'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, ' she wrote.

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