Now he's facing a $50 million lawsuit

Now he's facing a $50 million lawsuit

In a summons filed Wednesday in NY state court, Bolling accused Ali of trying to damage his reputation through "highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character".

The defamation lawsuit seeks $50 million in damages for 'the defendant's efforts to injure the plaintiff's reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character. "I stand by my reporting + will protect my sources", Ali tweeted Wednesday night.

Bolling on Monday said he would "continue to fight against these false smear attacks".

And if that law firm looks familiar, well it is because Marc Kasowitz has served as President Donald Trump's attorney in the past and was at one point tapped by the president to represent him in the Russian Federation probe. Fox News then responded earlier this week, suspending Bolling "pending the results of an investigation".

In the same article, Ali mentioned that Bolling had criticized NY congressman Anthony Weiner for his own involvement in a "sexting" controversy.

He also noted that Bolling is not suing HuffPost, which published Ali's article.

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In addition to HuffPost, Ali writes for Mother Jones and NY magazines. Fox News later said the longtime host had been suspended pending an investigation into the matter.

Bolling has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Ali, who also writes for NY magazine and the Daily Beast, acknowledged Bolling's lawsuit and defended his article in a series of tweets Wednesday evening.

The lawsuit comes just days after Ali wrote a story for HuffPost claiming more than a dozen sources told him Bolling sent "an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News". "We stand by his reporting", a spokesperson for the website told BuzzFeed News. Editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen further said that though Ali is a paid freelancer, not staffer, the company has "no hesitation about standing by him financially in this case". FNC had previously been rocked by the forced resignations of its founder Roger Ailes and one of its most well-known on air personalities Bill O'Reilly under accusations of sexual harassment. The network is also looking into a separate claim by frequent Fox News guest Caroline Heldman that Bolling sexually harassed her.

Onetime host Gretchen Carlson sent shock waves throughout the media in July 2016 with a suit against the network and Ailes alleging she was terminated for "refusing Ailes' sexual advances". In addition to hosting "The Fox News Specialists", he anchors the business analysis program "Cashin' In". "THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT", Bolling wrote on Twitter.

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