Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali revealed on his official Twitter account Wednesday that Fox News' Eric Bolling was slapping him with an enormous lawsuit. Bolling is alleging that Ali defamed him with a story accusing him of sending lewd texts, and he is seeking millions in damages.
"Just received a summons," tweeted Ali. "Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation - $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting [and] will protect my sources."
Just received a summons. Eric Bolling is suing me for defamation - $50 million in damages. I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1502312660.0
The story published at the Huffington Post alleged that Eric Bolling had sent extremely lewd texts including pictures of male genitalia to at least three female colleagues at Fox News Business and Fox News.
"Not going to stop reporting on Eric Bolling or anyone else," Ali tweeted. "I've had family members killed/jailed in Iran, a lawsuit isn't going to scare me."
A lawyer for Bolling released a statement after the publication of the article, but it wasn't a complete denial of the allegations.
“Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications," the statement read, "does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.”
Bolling later tweeted about the accusations, saying he would clear his name.
Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you I look forward to clearing my name asap— 🇺🇸 ERIC BOLLING 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸 ERIC BOLLING 🇺🇸)1502110738.0
"I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT," He added Wednesday.
I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT— 🇺🇸 ERIC BOLLING 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸 ERIC BOLLING 🇺🇸)1502315856.0
The allegations were bolstered by a claim from a former Fox News guest that Bolling had made suggestive comments to her.
“Once, he took me up to his office in New York, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex. I know other women have had similar experiences with Bolling, which means that lots of folks at Fox knew about his behavior well before 2017,” she claimed.
Bolling has since been suspended from Fox News while they investigate the claims.