Fox News Host Eric Bolling Hits HuffPost Journalist with $50 Million Lawsuit

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

This afternoon, Ali took to Twitter to announce that he'd been served a summons and that Bolling is planning to sue him personally for $50 million.

"That nature of this action is for damages and injunctive relief based on defamation arising from the (Ali's) efforts to injure (Bolling's) reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about (Bolling's) conduct and character", the lawsuit alleges.

"I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources", Ali wrote in a tweet responding to the summons.

"I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks!"

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Bolling has hired the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres, whose chief partner, Marc E. Kasowitz, has been a lawyer for Donald Trump and has even been involved in Trump's legal team contesting the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Michael Bowe, the allegedly dick-pickin' Mr. Bolling's lawyer, said, "The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair".

Bolling's suspension is the latest scandal to rock Fox News, which has weathered several high-profile sexual harassment claims over the past few years.

Ali, who also writes for NY magazine and the Daily Beast, acknowledged Bolling's lawsuit and defended his article in a series of tweets Wednesday evening.

A Fox News spokesperson told TPM the investigation into Bolling is still ongoing.

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Bolling has made some off-color remarks during his time at the network, including a report about the first woman fighter pilot from the United Arab Emirates who led a bombing of Islamic State group. 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.

Bolling was a former commodities trader who worked as an on-air personality for CNBC before joining Fox Business when it launched in 2007. That's in addition from saying sexually-harassing things to them, the sources told Ali.

'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.

Reports also began surfacing last fall that more sexual harassment allegations were being aimed at longtime Fox News star Bill O'Reilly.

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