What hell hath Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker wrought?
The Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing social media star and Huffington Post contributor Yashar, who last week reported Bolling sent grotesque sexual messages to female colleagues some years ago.
HuffPost contributing writer Yashar Ali revealed Wednesday that he had been sent a summons by lawyers for Bolling. The summons alleges that Ali defamed Bolling, and says Bolling is seeking “an amount not less than $50 million.”
Ali told CNNMoney he first learned about the summons through a reporter.
“I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources,” Ali wrote in a tweet responding to the summons.
Ali added in a follow up tweet: “It’s important to note that Bolling’s summons does not include HuffPost – he is coming after me personally. I’m a big boy…but very telling.”
Michael Bowe, an attorney for Bolling, told CNNMoney, “This anonymously sourced and uncorroborated story is false, defamatory, and obviously intended to destroy this good man’s career and family. We will defend Eric aggressively in court, where actual facts, based on evidence, testimony, and cross-examination, will belie these anonymous accusations.”
Bolling himself tweeted Wednesday evening, “I will continue to fight against these false smear attacks! THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT.”
Bolling’s suspension from Fox News happened after Yashar cited more than a dozen sources last Friday to report that the Fox News host texted female Fox News colleagues an “unsolicited” photo of his penis.
Michael Bowe, the allegedly dick-pickin’ Mr. Bolling’s lawyer, said, “The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair.”
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