Fox News host Eric Bolling is initiating a lawsuit against a reporter over a sexting story that led to his suspension. He sued the HuffPost contributing writer, Yashar Ali for $50 million in damages for defamation in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Bolling got suspended a day after Ali reported on Friday, stating that Bolling sent lewd messages several years ago to two female colleagues, that included the pictures of male genitalia.
After the initial report, Bolling's lawyer said-
"he 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.”
Ali revealed on Wednesday that Bolling had filed a "summons with notice" seeking $50 million.The summons states-
"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."
Responding to the writ through a tweet, Ali wrote-
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 (@yashar) August 9, 2017
In a follow-up tweet, Ali revealed that Bolling's summons does not include HuffPost and he is coming after Ali personally. An attorney for Bolling, Michael Bowe, who has also represented Bill O’Reilly, told CNN Money-
"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."
Bolling also took to Twitter to state that he will fight against these false smear attacks.
I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) August 9, 2017
Bolling, who enjoys the net worth of $15 million, was a co-host of "The Five," Fox's weekday roundtable. Likewise, he also worked as the leader of a new show called "The Specialists."
Talking about Bolling’s personal life, he is married to Adrienne Bolling since 1997. The fifty-four-years old Bolling has a son named Eric Chase with his long time wife.#American TV Personality #Fox News Specialists #Adrienne Bolling