In a statement to Breitbart News, the lawyer for suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling unequivocally denied that his client sent lewd photos to female co-workers, as alleged in a bombshell Huffington Post report published last Friday.
Michael J. Bowe, an attorney with Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, told the news site that the piece was poorly sourced and that the allegations contained within it — that the host of “The Specialists” had sent unsolicited pictures of male genitalia to women he worked with — were categorically false.
“The story is based on anonymous sources and not true,” Bowe said in a statement about his client’s alleged “inappropriate behavior” Friday night. “No such unsolicited communications occurred.”
When contacted by HuffPo to make a statement, Bowe was originally far more equivocal about any possible misconduct on Bolling’s part.
“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,” his initial statement said.
Bowe’s latest proclamation of his client’s innocence came one day before Bolling was suspended by the network pending an investigation, according to The Hill. That investigation, being conducted by the law firm of Paul Weiss — the same firm that investigated former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes — is already underway.
The HuffPo report, which used “a dozen” anonymous sources, alleged that two of Bolling’s co-workers at Fox Business and one at Fox News had received lewd messages from the commodities trader-turned-pundit.
“Recipients of the photo confirmed its contents to HuffPost, which is not revealing their identities. The women, who are Bolling’s current and former Fox colleagues, concluded the message was from him because they recognized his number from previous work-related and informal interactions. The messages were sent several years ago, on separate occasions,” the report read.
Sexual harassment has been a huge topic at Fox News, with both Ailes and Bill O’Reilly forced out due to alleged inappropriate behavior. Could Bolling be the next one to go? His lawyer doesn’t seem to think so, but we’ll certainly see.
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