It’s been over a week since Eric Bolling was suspended from Fox News over allegations that he had sent lewd photos of himself to female colleagues. Now, things have unfortunately gotten even worse for him.
That Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali spoke out on Sunday to say that Bolling is attempting to intimidate him into silence by filing a $50 million dollar defamation lawsuit against his reporting.
“He is trying to intimidate me. He sees me as a young reporter that may be scared by big lawsuits. But if he wants to wade into this pond, I’m happy to go in with him,” Ali told CNN host Brian Stelter.
Ali went on to say that the lawsuit goes after him personally, rather than naming The Huffington Post.
“My life history has given me a lot of experience to not be scared by these things,” the reporter said, adding that he stands by the story and that he verified it with 14 sources. He said Bolling was “wrong” to file a lawsuit.
“He’s wrong because I spent three months on this story. As you said, I have 14 sources. I’ve spoken to the victims, and that’s on a factual basis. I know he’s wrong,” Ali continued, adding that “the best defense of defamation is the truth.”
“It’s really important to note, Brian, that he’s suing me personally for $50 million. He did not include HuffPost, which is owned by Verizon, in this lawsuit. If he wants $50 million, if you feel that you’ve been aggrieved and you deserve damages, you go after the multibillion-dollar conglomerate, not an individual reporter,” Ali told Stelter.
He went on to say that he is looking forward to having the chance to depose the Fox News host, saying he hopes his case will serve as an example to other journalists should they face similar legal actions.
“I relish the opportunity to see and being deposed and to stand up for not only my First Amendment rights, the First Amendment Rights of many reporters who messaged me after this came out, saying that they would be scared by this kind of action,” Ali said. “And, you know, I’m not trying to turn myself into a representative for the media here, but I feel like I have to really fight this because of other reporters who would be frightened by this kind of action.”
It’s certainly not looking good for Eric Bolling…