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


Last week, the Huffington Post's Yashar Ali reported that Fox News host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited sexually explicit text messages to female colleagues.

Eric Bolling, best known as the original co-host of "The Five" and later of "The Specialists", filed the summons with notice on August 9 in Manhattan Supreme Court against reporter Yashar Ali.

"That nature of this action is for damages and injunctive relief based on defamation arising from the (Ali's) efforts to injure (Bolling's) reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about (Bolling's) conduct and character", the lawsuit alleges.

Ali wrote Wednesday on Twitter that he has received a summons from Bolling and says he stands by his reporting and will protect his sources.

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When Eric Bolling, the Fox News, and Fox Business personality, was suspended from his on air duties pending an investigation into allegations of sexting, many people had a sense of déjà vu.

Bolling's lawyer said that "the anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair".

Ali also noted that HuffPost is not named in the summons, meaning that Bolling is going after him personally.

She followed up to clarify that HuffPost would also be supporting Ali in his legal battle: "Yashar Ali is a paid freelancer under contract with HuffPost".

"We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account", a Fox News spokesperson said.

His attorney Michael Bowe told on Monday: 'Mr.

The suspended Fox News host tweeted out his gratitude for the support he has received in recent days and repeated his intention to to clear his name.

"Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to HuffPost. Yashar Ali, who has delivered reporting for New York Magazine, Mother Jones, and HuffPost, posted to Twitter that he has been served a summons.

Fox has been hit by a series of lawsuits against former network CEO Roger Ailes and former anchor Bill O'Reilly.

Fox News suspended Bolling the day after the allegations were made public and launched an investigation into the claims.