Embattled Fox News host, Eric Bolling, accused the Huffington Post of lying in their accusations that he sent out lewd photos to female colleagues. Bolling tweeted from his official account stating, “Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you.” And he added, “I look forward to clearing my name asap.”.
The accusations made by the Huffington Post argued that up to fourteen current and past employees at Fox News were recipients of Bolling’s lewd photographs.
The pro-Trump Bolling was the host of The Specialists, and has been removed from his position while Fox News investigates the Huffington Post’s accusations. However, Bolling seems to be taking the situation in strides, and with confidence, stating, “When the lights go down on my TV career,” he said in an interview, “the next step is running for Senate.”
Bolling’s lawyer denied the Huffington Post’s allegations and threatening to sue all and any false reports that may be released in connection with this matter. “Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications,” the statement said, “does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.”
He further stated, the anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and unfair.
While, Bolling remains under investigation, Caroline Heldman, an associate professor at Occidental College, came forward on social media and recounted a number of strange interactions with Bolling. In a post on Facebook, Heldman expressed, “Bolling would also contact me via phone and text after shows,” she claimed, “sometimes to apologize for his behavior (and then do it again), and sometimes just to talk. He said he wanted to fly me out to New York 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.”
“Once, he took me up to his office in New York,” she continued, “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. I know other women have had similar experiences with Bolling, which means that lots of folks at Fox knew about his behavior well before 2017.”
Commenting on the situation, CNN noted, “Some industry observers think Fox will do everything it can to bring Bolling back, given that he’s a rising star and one of the staunchest pro-Trump voices on the network. He signed a new long-term contract just two months ago.”
However, many believe that this is the end of Bolling’s career at Fox, noting how Bill O’Reilly went on vacation and never returned to work amid a controversy over secret settlement payments to women who had accused him of harassment.