Bolling is suing Yashar Ali, a contributing writer for HuffPost (formerly the Huffington Post) who broke the story of Bolling sending unsolicited lewd text messages to at least three different female colleagues at Fox Business and Fox News.
Bolling filed suit Wednesday morning in New York State Court. It 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".
On Monday, Bolling tweeted: "Overwhelmed by all the support I have received".
And if that law firm looks familiar, well it is because Marc Kasowitz has served as President Donald Trump's attorney in the past and was at one point tapped by the president to represent him in the Russian Federation probe. In response to the report, Fox News suspended Bolling as it investigates the allegations.
He addressed the allegations in Ali's story in a statement last week, saying: "Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made".
Members of HuffPost's editorial team weighed in to defend Ali, describing him as a "careful and meticulous reporter".
The whole thing is based on a report from the Huffington Post by Yashar Ali which used multiple anonymous sources. Whether or not Bolling will be able to prove that will be seen in court, assuming the two sides don't settle before the matter goes before a jury. Editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen further said that though Ali is a paid freelancer, not staffer, the company has "no hesitation about standing by him financially in this case". Among them was longtime conservative star Bill O'Reilly, who was ousted from Fox earlier this year after the New York Times revealed that he had settled sexual harassment claims with five women over the past 15 years. On one occasion when she was in town, he took her into his office and told her it was his favorite place to have sex, she said.
Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes faced sexual harassment allegations from several women before his resignation from the network in July 2016. On the following day, he was suspended from the network and a former Fox guest wrote a lengthy Facebook post chronicling her unsettling encounters with Bolling.