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Fox News host Eric Bolling is being accused of sending an “unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text messages” to two colleagues.
The explicit photo was reportedly sent to one Fox Business staffer and a Fox News employee. Bolling is the main host of the popular “Fox News Specialists” show.
HuffPost, citing “a dozen sources” reported on Friday:
Recipients of the photo confirmed its contents to HuffPost, which is not revealing their identities. The women, who are Bolling’s current and former Fox colleagues, concluded the message was from him because they recognized his number from previous work-related and informal interactions. The messages were sent several years ago, on separate occasions.
The women did not solicit the messages, which they told colleagues were deeply upsetting and offensive. One of the recipients said that when she replied to Bolling via text, telling him never to send her such photos again, he did not respond. Four people, outside of the recipients, confirmed to HuffPost they’d seen the photo, and eight others said the recipients had spoken to them about it.
For this story, HuffPost spoke to 14 sources in and out of Fox News and Fox Business, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity either because they currently work at the networks and aren’t allowed to speak to members of the press without prior authorization or because they have confidentiality agreements with Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox.
Bolling's attorney, Michael J. Bowe, responded to the HuffPost report with the folllowing statement:
“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.”
Responding to the allegations, a Fox spokesperson told the Huffington Post, “We were just informed of this and plan to investigate the matter.”
It’s certainly not the first sex scandal to hit Fox News. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes resigned amid several sexual harassment allegations. The network’s trademark host, Bill O’Reilly, also departed amid sexual harassment claims against him.
Update 3:48 p.m. 8/5/2017
Fox News has released a statement:
“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.”