Fox's Eric Bolling sues for $50 million over 'lewd photo'

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Since then, Fox News sidelined Bolling and is running an internal investigation.

Patty Glaser, the writer's attorney, responded to the lawsuit in a letter Friday urging Mr. Bolling to either dismiss the litigation immediately or risk being dragged over the coals under oath. Bolling's lawyer said that his client "recalls no such inappropriate communications".

"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", she wrote. "It will not work".

Glaser says Ali did not defame Bolling, and any lawsuit claiming otherwise would be frivolous - especially since the host would likely be considered a public figure and therefore would have to prove the journalist either wrote the story knowing the claims were false or acted with reckless disregard for the truth.

HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen previously described Mr. Ali as a "careful and meticulous reporter" and said the website has "no hesitation" with regards to funding his defense.

As the freelancer first revealed in the HuffPost on August 5, Bolling allegedly sent sexually explicit texts to three female FNC colleagues.

Glaser also represents Jamie Horowitz, the former head of Fox Sports programming, against the network after he was dismissed due to sexual harassment charges. Partner Marc Kasowitz, who has a long-standing professional relationship with Donald Trump, was retained by the president to represent him in the Russian Federation investigation; he is no longer leading that legal team.

"At best, you failed to investigate Mr. Bolling's claims", the letter reads. "Should you refuse, we have been authorized to pursue all claims in law and in equity against you and your client, including malicious prosecution".

"It is ironic and telling that Ms. Glaser accuses us of a publicity stunt in a letter she has yet to send me and that I learned about from the New York Times", Bowe said in a statement of response on Friday.

"She is right about one thing", Bowe continued.

This article was updated with a statement from Michael Bowe.

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