Fox News host Eric Bolling has been suspended pending an investigation into claims that, at some point in the past, he was sexting female co-workers.
“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” Fox said in a statement on Saturday.
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The law firm Paul Weiss, which has led past complaints against Fox employees, is conducting the investigation, the Fox statement said.
On Friday, The Huffington Post published a story that claimed Bolling sent what it referred to as “an unsolicited photo of male genitalia” to two female co-workers.
Michael J. Bowe, Bolling’s attorney, said his client denied the claim.
“The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. We intend to fully cooperate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible,” he said Saturday.
Fox says there will be rotating hosts replacing Bolling during the review on his 5pm weekday show The Specialists and Sat show Cashin' in
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) August 5, 2017
Bolling, a co-host on The Specialists, also hosts the Saturday show Cashin’ In. Saturday’s show had been taped Friday, but was pulled after the Huffington Post account emerged.
Bolling will be replaced on Cashin’ In and The Specialists by a series of rotating substitutes.
The alleged incident happened several years ago, the report claimed. The report, which the Huffington Post said was authenticated by 14 sources it did not identify, did not say who had received the messages or when the alleged incident took place.
The Huffington Post report said the women who received the photo said they believed Bolling was the sender because the photo came from Bolling’s phone number
One recipient told Bolling to stop sending such content, the report said. It said no more messages were received, nor was a reply received.
Some on Twitter suggested the claim was part of an effort to target conservative hosts at Fox.
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They went after Hannity now the Huffington Post targets Bolling!
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Fox News has faced numerous sexual harassment allegations over the past year. The accusations began last July when former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News, claiming she was sexually harassed. He claim led to the ouster of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. This spring, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was ousted after it was revealed he had settled several sexual harassment claims. (For more from the author of “Sex Scandal Rocks Fox News” please click HERE)