Suspended Fox host Bolling sues reporter

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 12, 2017

Ali asked Bowe for comment prior to publication, Glaser says, and his response was that 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".

In his original story, Ali said he had spoken to 14 sources in and out of Fox News and Fox Business. The network indefinitely suspended Mr. Bolling the following day pending the results of an internal probe, and the host sued Mr. Ali this past Wednesday in a Manhattan court.

"The lawsuit Eric Bolling filed is utterly devoid of merit, and we demand that you dismiss it immediately", said Patricia Glaser in a blunt letter sent to Bolling's attorney Michael Bowe on Friday (read it here).

Because Bolling's summons doesn't specify which false statements he's suing over, Glaser, like many observers in the media, assumed it was sent in response to Ali's August 4 HuffPost story that alleged the host sent "an unsolicited photo of male genitalia" via text message to multiple colleagues. Glaser wrote that "Bolling's recollection and belief hardly constitute a denial of the accusations against him". She wrote that Ali has faced racist attacks online since Bolling filed the suit. She added that Mr. Bolling was a public figure and not entitled to damages. "We view your decision to sue Mr. Ali in his individual capacity, for $50 million, without also naming the Huffington Post, as a calculated effort to harass and intimidate Mr. Ali personally".

HuffPost has defended the journalist and offered to pay his legal bills if necessary.

Huffington Post editor in chief Lydia Polgreen, a former top New York Times editor, tweeted in support of Ali Tuesday night.

"We welcome the opportunity to depose Mr. Bolling and review his message history, as we presume that you have instructed him to preserve communications", Ms. Glaser said. Long story short, Bolling's lawyers at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, who also represent Donald Trump and AMC, among others, are facing a true big leaguer working on Ali's behalf.

"Continuing litigation will only reveal that Mr. Bolling's lawsuit was filed for public relations purposes and to retaliate against Mr. Ali for uncovering the truth", she said.

The cable news channel has been inundated recently with sexual harassment lawsuits.

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