Fox's Eric Bolling sues for $50 million over 'lewd photo'

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Ms. Glaser responded Friday calling the suit "utterly devoid of merit" while blasting Mr. Bolling for pursuing the article's author in lieu of its publisher.

Glaser says Ali did not defame Bolling, and any lawsuit claiming otherwise would be frivolous - especially since the host would likely be considered a public figure and therefore would have to prove the journalist either wrote the story knowing the claims were false or acted with reckless disregard for the truth. The network indefinitely suspended Mr. Bolling the following day pending the results of an internal probe, and the host sued Mr. Ali this past Wednesday in a Manhattan court.

Last week, Ali reported that Bolling allegedly sent lewd unsolicited photos of "male genitalia" to several female colleagues years ago.

On Friday, Ali shot back with a letter from his lawyer, Patty Glaser, to Bolling's attorney, Michael Bowe. Bolling responded with a statement saying that he "recalls no such inappropriate communications".

It goes on to take aim at Bolling's accusation - defamatory statements - and points out that there is no evidence of actual malice in Ali's reporting. Glaser wrote that "Bolling's recollection and belief hardly constitute a denial of the accusations against him". "Furthermore, truth is always a defense to defamation".

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The Daily Beast obtained Ali's response letter to the lawsuit with his lawyers 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".

"At best, you failed to investigate Mr. Bolling's claims", the letter reads.

Huffington Post editor in chief Lydia Polgreen, a former top New York Times editor, tweeted in support of Ali Tuesday night.

Facing sanctions and what could be a probing, to put it lightly, discovery process, he might want to rethink that public profile - at least until the investigation at the much accused and once Roger Ailes run FNC is concluded, which I hear, it is not.

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