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FOX News host Eric Bolling is sues reporter for $50 million over fake story about sexual harassment

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A $50 million defamation lawsuit was filed by FOX News host Eric Bolling against a HuffPost writer, after a report last week accused Bolling of sending lewd text messages to colleagues.

New York State Supreme Court filings reveal the HuffPost contributing writer, Yashar Ali, was issued a summons notice to appear in court, reading:

“The nature of this action is for damages and injunctive relief based on defamation arising from the defendant’s efforts to injure the plaintiff’s reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.”

FOX News suspended Bolling after being accused of sending unsolicited photos of male genitalia to a couple of colleagues over a span of several years. The allegations in Ali’s report cites over a dozen sources. FOX News said in a statement emailed to Business Insider Saturday:

“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.”

Ali responded via Twitter that he would stand by his reporting and protect his sources tweeting:

“Not going to stop reporting on Eric Bolling or anyone else. I’ve had family members killed/jailed in Iran, a lawsuit isn’t going to scare me.”

Ali also tweeted:

“It’s important to note that Bolling’s summons does not include HuffPost – he is coming after me personally.”

Some of HuffPost’s editorial team are coming to Ali’s defense, saying he’s a “careful and meticulous reporter.” TheHuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen saying, “We stand by his reporting.” Also, the HuffPost saying they have “no hesitation” to financially stand by Ali, who is a paid freelancer under contract.

After the report was released, former FOX News contributor Caroline Heldman, detailed in a Facebook post that the cable news host’s alleged conduct had been “wildly inappropriate for years” writing:

“Once, he took me up to his office in New York, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex.”

Following Heldman’s allegations, a FOX News statement was released stating:

“We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account.”

Bolling says after being suspended, he has been “overwhelmed by all the support,” and tweeting, “I look forward to clearing my name asap.”

Bolling also tweeted:

“I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT.”

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