Eric Bolling Demands $50 Million For ... Sending Women Dick Pics, We Guess?
Fox News's Eric Bolling is very, very mad. He is mad about an article in the Huffington post that came out this weekend detailing his (alleged) habit of sending unsolicited dick pics to women who do not want them. Bolling is suspended from Fox pending an investigation of the claims.
Thus, he is suing Yashar Ali, the freelance reporter for the Huffington Post who wrote the story, for $50 million US American dollars. Which, surely, as a Huffington Post contributor, he definitely has lying around somewhere. On Wednesday, Bolling filed a "summons with notice" against Ali, to which Ali will have 20 days to respond:
"The nature of this action is for damages and injunctive relief based on defamation arising from the defendant’s 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. As a result of the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff has been substantially harmed."
Now, let us just point out here -- for no particular reason -- that following Ali's article, in which Bolling's lawyer said Bolling didn't "believe" he had sent anyone any dick picks, former Fox Contributor Caroline Heldman came forward on Facebook to say that Bolling had made unwanted advances towards her, as well.
Bolling would also contact me via phone and text after shows, sometimes to apologize for his behavior (and then do it again), and sometimes just to talk. He said he wanted to fly me out to New York for in-studio hits and to have “fun.” He asked me to have meals with him on several occasions, but I found excuses not to go. 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.
In no way am I surprised that Eric Bolling (ALLEGEDLY!) thinks this is how you seduce a woman. "Come, see my baseball jerseys. I sure like office sex. My penis has been EVERYWHERE in this office. Does that turn you on?"
If this is anything like EVERY OTHER TIME THIS HAPPENS, more women are likely to come forward. So Bolling might want to hold off on that lawsuit for a hot minute.
Ali is standing by his story, and his sources -- whose claims, again, were corroborated by over a dozen witnesses -- and Huffpo says it is "standing by" him, financially even! That is good! That is better than not standing by him, especially financially, especially in light of that one Gawker editor who's had his life garnished by Hulk Hogan, right down to the peanut butter in his fridge.
Wouldn't it be hilarious if Eric Bolling won and got $50 million for showing his thingie to ladies who did not want to see it? Oh, that wouldn't be hilarious. That would be like every other payday at Fox, in which the guys who got fired for sexually harassing everybody got more of a payout than the women they grossed on. Life -- and Fox! -- are funny that way.
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