Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali over an article covering sexual harassment allegations against Bolling that claim he sent unwanted photos of his anatomy to several female colleagues. Ali has already been harassed by Bolling’s supporters since the article was published, and now he’s lawyered up himself to fight Bolling’s suit and get it thrown out. He’s hired none other than Patricia Glaser, who has also represented numerous other media figures on both sides of the aisle, and she isn’t holding back.
In an official letter to Michel J. Bowe, Mr. Bolling’s attorney, she declares the defamation lawsuit “utterly devoid of merit,” “purposefully sparse on allegations,” “filed for public relations purposes,” and “frivolous.” She adds, “At best, you failed to investigate Mr. Bolling’s claims, at worst, you were aware his claims were false but proceeded regardless.” Then she really goes for the gut, writing:
“We view your decision to sue Mr. Ali in his individual capacity, for $50 million, without also naming the Huffington Post, as a calculated effort to harass and intimidate Mr. Ali personally. It will not work.”
Another of her other clients agrees—one Keith Olberman, who has nothing but praise for his attorney. He tweeted, “She’s a conservative. She’s a wild-eyed GOP’er. And I love her.
@ericbolling is completely screwed. Ask Al Gore. Ask NBC guys who hit Conan.”
He was responding to Ali’s own tweet about the other powerful media clients Glaser has represented, including Rush Limbaugh and Ryan Seacrest.
If Glaser’s legal strategy is successful, this case could overlap with the actual probe into the allegations of sexual harassment against Bolling. Glaser is eager to “depose Mr. Bolling and review his message history, as we presume that you have instructed him to preserve communications,” she wrote. “We are also confident that Paul Weiss’s internal Fox investigation will corroborate Mr. Ali’s article.” In other words, Bolling’s attempt to shut down Ali’s coverage of the harassment suit might have just torn it wide(er) open and invited even more publicity and scrutiny into his inbox.