Eric Bolling suspended from Fox News amid lewd texting scandal

Kelly Massey
August 8, 2017

The latest Fox News personality to be accused of sexual harassment spoke out on Twitter Monday after being suspended from the network, pending the results of an investigation.

On Saturday afternoon Fox News announced that it had suspended Bolling, less than 24 hours after HuffPost published a story saying more than a dozen sources confirmed that Bolling had sent female colleagues some lewd messages, including an "unsolicited" photo of male genitalia.

HuffPost reported that at least three of Bolling's colleagues had received the unsolicited lewd photos via text message from the host.

She said he called her and sent texts after some of her appearances to apologize for his behavior or talk; asked her to fly to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun, '" and tried several times unsuccessfully to convince her to have meals with him. The program airs at 5 p.m. on Fox News.

The allegations follow a series of sexual harassment scandals involving senior Fox News executives and on-air stars.

"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", Bolling's attorney, Michael J. Bowe, told the Huffington Post.

As more information on Bolling comes in, we will keep you updated.

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"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".

Both Fox and the Trump administration denied the lawsuit's claims.

Fox's statement about Bolling on Saturday indicated that he may return once the investigation is complete.

In 2010, I consoled a make-up artist (who no longer works for Fox) after Gene Simmons sexually harassed her, and this was not his first time doing so. He said he wanted to fly me out to NY 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.

Eric Bolling attends Fox News' "The Five" on February 26, 2014, in New York City.

"Once, he took me up to his office in NY, 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", Ms. Heldman said. While Bolling's suspension is in effect, rotating substitute hosts will be in place on The Specialists, as well as on Bolling's weekend segment, "Cashin' In". Over the years, many women have come forward to reveal the sexual harassment they faced at the network.

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