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Eric Bolling of Fox News Suing HuffPost Reporter Over Sexual Harassment Accusations
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13 Aug 2017 10:56 AM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Huffington Post Logo (Image Source: Public Domain)

It isn't easy being part of the media these days, as Huffington Post writer Yashar Ali can tell you.

He's being sued by Eric Bolling for $50 million after publishing a story that led to Bolling being suspended from Fox News.

The 54-year-old conservative newsman, before being suspended, was hosting a few shows on Fox News and Fox Business News. His latest book topic details how Donald Trump is the man to drain the swamp.

Yashar Ali wrote an article for HuffPost detailing that Bolling was being accused of sending a photo of male genitalia to three co-workers at Fox News. He claimed in the article he could back up the story with a dozen sources.

Fox News promptly suspended Bolling. After all the sexual allegations over the past year at the network, they don't need any more.

Ali sent out a few tweets mentioning that he is now being sued by Bolling:

"Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation — $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources." – Yashar Ali

"It's important to note that Bolling's summons does not include HuffPost — he is coming after me personally. I'm a big boy ... but very telling." – Yashar Ali

"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." – Yashar Ali

HuffPost reports that the summons accuses the reporter of "reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character" and states that Bolling was "substantially harmed" by the article.

"Yashar Ali is a careful and meticulous reporter. We stand by his reporting," said Lydia Polgreen, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief. "Ali is a paid freelancer under contract with HuffPost. We have no hesitation about standing by him financially in this case."

Bolling's attorney, Michael J. Bowe, denied the allegations on his behalf.

"Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made," he said.

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