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

Yashar Ali is being sued over stories about sexual harassment via text message

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

"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".

Bolling is represented by Michael Bowe - a lawyer from the same firm as Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal attorney until July. Fox News suspended Bolling as it investigates the accusations.

Ali said that Bolling's lawsuit is directed at him personally - not the Huffington Post - and vowed to continue reporting the same way he has been, despite the lawsuit.

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

Bolling's accusations were only addressed in a summons in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The suspension came after Ali cited more than a dozen sources on Friday to report that Bolling sent female colleagues an "unsolicited" photo of his genitals.

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Huffington Post has rallied behind Ali, though, and called him a "careful and meticulous reporter".

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".

She said Ali's story had 14 sources.

HuffPost also said it had "no hesitation" to financially stand by Ali, who is a paid freelancer under contract with the news organization. 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.

Fox News has been consumed by allegations of sexual misconduct against several of its male employees since last summer, when former "Fox & Friends" host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing the network's late founder Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Fox Business host Charles Payne is now suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation into his own sex harassment charges.

'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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