Reporter's Lawyer Demands Fox News Host Drop Lawsuit Over Lewd Texting Story

Journalist says Fox News host Bolling's lawsuit doesn't scare him

Journalist says Fox News host Bolling's lawsuit doesn't scare him

"Continuing litigation will only reveal that Mr. Bolling's lawsuit was filed for public relations purposes and to retaliate against Mr. Ali for uncovering the truth", writes Glaser. "Yashar Ali is a careful and meticulous reporter", Polgreen wrote, adding that the publication stands by his reporting and that it has "no hesitation about standing by him financially in this case".

The story led to Bolling's suspension at Fox News.

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 August 4 HuffPost story that alleged the host sent "an unsolicited photo of male genitalia" via text message to multiple colleagues. "Already, Mr. Bolling's suit has tarnished Mr. Ali's reputation and incited Mr. Bolling's supporters to post racist tirades against Mr. Ali on his Facebook Page". Bolling responded with a statement saying that he "recalls no such inappropriate communications". "Furthermore, truth is always a defense to defamation".

"We welcome the opportunity to depose Mr. Bolling and review his message history, as we presume that you have instructed him to preserve communications", the letter to Bollin's attorney read.

The Daily Beast obtained Ali's response letter to the lawsuit with his lawyers writing, "We view your decision to sue Mr. Ali in his individual capacity, for $50 million, without also naming the Huffington Post, as a calculated effort to harass and intimidate Mr. Ali personally". "At worst, you were aware his claims were false but proceeded regardless". Ali tweeted the letter on Friday afternoon.

Facing sanctions and what could be a probing, to put it lightly, discovery process, he might want to rethink that public profile - at least until the investigation at the much accused and once Roger Ailes run FNC is concluded, which I hear, it is not.

In a statement responding to the letter, Bowe said, "It is ironic and telling that Ms. Glaser accuses us of a publicity stunt in a letter she has yet to send me and that I learned about from the New York Times".

"She is right about one thing", Bowe continued.

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