Journalist Targeted by Eric Bolling Fighting Back Against $50M Defamation Suit

Опубликовано 12 августа 2017, 1:18
Freelance journalist Yashar Ali is fighting back against a $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by recently suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling — and he has powerhouse litigator Patty Glaser in his corner. In a letter sent Friday to Bolling's attorney Michael Bowe, and copied to Fox News' executive vp legal and business affairs Dianne Brandi, Glaser demands the suit be dropped immediately. Because Bolling's summons doesn't specify which false statements he's suing over, Glaser, like many observers in the media, assumed it was sent in response to Ali's Aug. 4 HuffPost story that alleged the host sent "an unsolicited photo of male genitalia" via text message to multiple colleagues. Ali asked Bowe for comment prior to publication, Glaser says, and his response was that 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." That's not a denial of the accusations, Glaser argues, especially since Ali asked two very pointed questions that went unanswered: "Has Eric, at any point, sent lewd or inappropriate text messages or emails to Fox News or Fox Business colleagues that were unsolicited?" and "Has Eric ever sent the image of a man's genitalia (whether it was Eric's genitalia or not) to any Fox News or Fox Business colleagues?" Glaser says Ali did not defame Bolling, and any lawsuit claiming otherwise would be frivolous — especially since the host would likely be considered a public figure and therefore would have to prove the journalist either wrote the story knowing the claims were false or acted with reckless disregard for the truth.

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