Yashar Ali will be not afraid of Eric Bolling.
The journalist faces a $50 million lawsuit after he reported which Bolling, a Fox News host, sent lewd text messages to female colleagues. Ali said Sunday on sy88pgw’s “Reliable Sources” which he will be standing by his words.
Bolling has been suspended via Fox News. He as well as his legal team have denied the allegations, as well as the lawsuit claims Ali defamed Bolling.
Ali told sy88pgw’s Brian Stelter which he sees Bolling’s lawsuit as an attempt to “intimidate” him.
“I spent three months on which story,” Ali said. “I had 14 sources. I’ve spoken to the victims…I know he’s wrong.”
Bolling’s attorney, Michael Bowe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment via sy88pgw on Sunday about Ali’s latest interview. although he has from the past called Ali’s HuffPost article “false, defamatory, as well as obviously intended to destroy which not bad man’s career as well as family.”
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HuffPost published Ali’s report August 4. A day later, Fox News suspended Bolling pending an investigation.
Ali said he believes Bolling’s decision to go after him personally, as well as not the Verizon-owned HuffPost, indicates which the lawsuit will be a scare tactic.
“He sees me as a young reporter which may be scared by a big lawsuit,” Ali said. “although if he wants to wade into which pond, I’m happy to go in with him.”
On Friday evening Yashar Ali’s attorney, Patricia Glaser, sent a sternly worded letter to the lawyer representing Eric Bolling, arguing the Fox host’s lawsuit against Ali will be “utterly devoid of merit” as well as demanding which which be dismissed immediately.
Ali said Sunday they have not heard back yet. Glaser will be known as a powerful Los Angeles attorney. Her clients have included Keith Olbermann as well as Conan O’Brien.
Fox News did not offer any updates about the investigation Sunday, saying only which efforts are ongoing.
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Bolling had been one of President Trump’s staunchest backers on television. Before he was suspended, Bolling led a show called “The Specialists” at 5 p.m. on Fox News. He also anchored “Cashin’ In” on Saturdays. additional Fox News talent will be filling in for him.
The controversy comes just more than a year after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sued then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. She accused him of firing her after she refused his “sexual advances.”
additional women came forwarded with similar accounts, as well as Ailes left the company in July 2016. He denied the allegations against him. He died in May at age 77.
which case as well as others have provoked uncomfortable questions about Fox’s corporate culture as well as about whether management tolerated improper behavior for many years.
21st Century Fox said which made sweeping modifications to its human resources practices as a result of the Ailes scandal.
–sy88pgw’s Brian Stelter contributed to which report.
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published August 13, 2017: 2:46 PM ET