$50 million lawsuit: Eric Bolling vs

Yashar Ali is being sued over stories about sexual harassment via text message

Bolling has filed a $50 million lawsuit claiming that the Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali defamed him by "highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character".

Ali tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he had received a summons in a defamation lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages. Citing a dozen anonymous sources, Ali reported that Bolling had sent the messages several years ago on separate occasions and that four people other than the recipients had seen the photo.

The suit was filed by Michael Bowe, an attorney at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres.

Fox News said over the weekend that Bolling had been suspended "pending the results of an investigation".

"This anonymously sourced and uncorroborated story is false, defamatory, and obviously meant to destroy this good man's career and family", Bolling's main lawyer Michael Bowe said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

Ali said that Bolling's lawsuit is directed at him personally - not the Huffington Post - and vowed to continue reporting the same way he has been, despite the lawsuit.

In addition to HuffPost, Ali writes for Mother Jones and NY magazines.

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.

But Caroline Heldman, a Democrat strategist, said Bolling's on air compliments to her gave her "grave concern" and added that he spoke to her about sex when the two were in his office.

'Not going to stop reporting on Eric Bolling or anyone else.

"We stand by his reporting", HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen tweeted. "Ali is a paid freelancer under contract with HuffPost".

Accusations of sexual harassment are among the most toxic that one can issue or receive in the work place. Bolling is accused of a particularly gross act, texting pictures of his private parts unsolicited to several female employees at Fox.

21st Century Fox says it has made sweeping changes to its human resources practices as a result of the Ailes scandal.

Heldman claimed she had also been harassed by Bill O'Reilly and consultant Woody Fraser while a guest on the network.

Onetime host Gretchen Carlson sent shock waves throughout the media in July 2016 with a suit against the network and Ailes alleging she was terminated for "refusing Ailes' sexual advances".

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