Fox News' Eric Bolling files defamation suit against Huffington Post reporter

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Eric Bolling is reportedly suing the Huffington Post reporter who broke a story claiming the Fox News host had sent several female co-workers lewd photos.

That reporter, the Huffington Post's Yashar Ali, wrote on Twitter that he received his summons August 9, adding that Bolling wants $50 million in damages due to defamation brought forth from the article.

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

On Monday, Bolling tweeted: "Overwhelmed by all the support I have received".

Bolling, 54, is being represented by the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, whose founder, Marc E. Kasowitz, is a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump.

Eric Bolling, the suspended co-host of The Fox News Specialists, says he is suing the reporter whose story about "lewd text messages" led to Bolling's suspension.

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"We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account", a Fox News statement said after Heldman's allegations. Ali noted in a tweet that he's named in the suite, HuffPost isn't.

Fox News said that an investigation 'is now underway, ' with attorney Paul Weiss leading the proceedings.

Bolling was suspended from Fox News after being accused of sending unsolicited photos of male genitalia to several colleagues at various departments over a span of several years.

Despite the attack on the integrity of his reporting and the whopper of a lawsuit, Ali completed his reaction on Twitter by saying that he won't stop reporting "on Eric Bolling or anyone else". The Los Angeles Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that the unidentified woman told Fox's outside lawyers that she was coerced into a sexual relationship with him, then blackballed from the network when she tried to end it. Payne has denied wrongdoing.

HuffPost also said it had "no hesitation" to financially stand by Ali, who is a paid freelancer under contract with the news organization. "The next day Bolling was suspended and Fox launched an investigation by the same law firm that handled probes into the conduct of former host Bill O'Reilly and former Fox chairman Roger Ailes".

"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", Heldman wrote. That happened "to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News", the article said.

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