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    Eric Bolling Suing HuffPo Journalist Over Lewd Photo Allegation

    Eric Bolling Suing HuffPo Journalist Over Lewd Photo Allegation

    “seeking $50 million in damages for defamation”

    Eric Bolling has been suspended from FOX News, as we mentioned in a recent post: FOX News Suspends Eric Bolling for Allegedly Sending Lewd Texts

    The whole thing is based on a report from the Huffington Post by Yashar Ali which used multiple anonymous sources. Now Bolling is suing Ali.

    Ashley Cullins and Jeremy Barr write at the Hollywood Reporter:

    Fox News Host Eric Bolling Sues Journalist for $50M Over Lewd Photo Allegation

    Recently suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing journalist Yashar Ali for defamation and is seeking $50 million in damages.

    The lawsuit comes just days after Ali wrote an Aug. 4 story for HuffPost claiming that more than a dozen sources told him Bolling sent “an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.”

    On Saturday, Fox News suspended Bolling — recently a host on the talk show Fox News Specialists and Cashin’ In and formerly of The Five — amid an investigation into the claims. He has worked at Fox News since 2008.

    Ali wrote Wednesday on Twitter that he has received a summons from Bolling and says he stands by his reporting and will protect his sources. In the initial story, Ali says he spoke to 14 sources on the condition of anonymity because they either currently work at the networks, can’t speak to press without permission or signed confidentiality agreements.

    The summons, which was filed Wednesday in New York state court, says Bolling is seeking both damages and injunctive relief arising from Ali’s efforts to injure his reputation through “intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements” about his conduct and character.

    Bolling seems eager to get this cleared up:

    Yashar Ali also seems confident:

    Hadas Gold of Politico has more on the specifics of the suit:

    Eric Bolling initiates lawsuit against reporter behind sexting story

    On Wednesday, Bolling filed a “summons with notice” in New York State Supreme Court against Ali, seeking $50 million in damages for defamation. Ali must respond within 20 days, demanding that Bolling file a complaint, after which Bolling will have 20 days to file his response before the suit goes forward.

    “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. As a result of the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff has been substantially harmed,” the summons states.

    Bolling is represented by Michael Bowe from the same law firm as Marc Kasowitz, who was President Donald Trump’s personal attorney until last month.

    “This anonymously sourced and uncorroborated story is false, defamatory, and obviously intended to destroy this good man’s career and family. We will defend Eric aggressively in court, where actual facts, based on evidence, testimony, and cross-examination, will belie these anonymous accusations,” Bowe said.


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    MarkSmith | August 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    It will be interesting to see how this case goes forward. Looks like one of the sexting receiving has a sexually harassment suit against Fox. Might be a plan to push for settlement with Fox.

    Caroline Heldman is the one sent the text. If she can show Bolling number sent it, Bolling will have to prove it was not him.

    I think electronic proof needs to be established (texting records for phone numbers might help). Even so, I think a picture or other witnesses need to be found since the recipient has a huge financial interest to help push this story.

    Personally I could careless about Bolling and only want to see HuffyPost get nailed.

    inspectorudy | August 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I used to jump into these arguments and take the side of the victim, Bolling, but after seeing what many big names have done in the past, I no longer get involved with either side. After Bret Favre sent a picture of his junk, I realize that people of all levels of success do not seem immune to stupidity. One note of humor in this kinky stuff is the lady college prof who sent pictures of a vagina to a bunch of men thinking they would react like she and most women do when they receive a male picture from a man. She was shocked to find that most men sent her pictures back of themselves and told her what they would like to do to what was in her picture! She tried it again and the response was even worse! Different strokes.

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