Eric Bolling responds to sexual harassment allegations, fans rally behind him

A suspended Fox News host accused of sexually harassing colleagues is now suing the HuffPost reporter who broke the news.

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. Bolling's notice accuses Ali of "efforts to injure the plaintiff's reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character". The story relied on over a dozen sources who described how the women allegedly received the unsolicited text message of male genitalia from Bolling.

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

Bolling has hired the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres, whose chief partner, Marc E. Kasowitz, has been a lawyer for Donald Trump and has even been involved in Trump's legal team contesting the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Fox News has hired its own law firm to investigate the allegations against Bolling, which were supposedly already brought to the network's attention "well before 2017", former on-air contributor Caroline Heldman recently said.

The summons also said Bolling was "substantially harmed" by Ali's article.

Ali told CNN that he worked on the story for three months before finally publishing it. Asawin Suebsaeng of The Daily Beast wrote on Twitter that the allegations were "an open secret" and that he had been working on a similar piece, but noted, "good on Yashar for beating us".

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. Ali is in a precarious position in that he is relying on unnamed sources and has promised to continue not to name them.

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". "Ali is a paid freelancer under contract with HuffPost".

'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, ' she wrote. In addition to hosting "The Fox News Specialists", he anchors the business analysis program "Cashin' In".

Heldman previously accused former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment and accused men and society in general of objectifying women.

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