Fox News Suspends Eric Bolling Over Dirty Pic Allegation


A Fox spokesperson said on Friday that they "plan to investigate the matter": Bolling will remain suspended pending investigation results, according to Politico.

Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's "The Five" as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City.

All of these cases have provoked uncomfortable questions about Fox's corporate culture and about whether management tolerated improper behavior for many years.

Mr. Bolling's attorney Michael J. Bowe denied the allegations Saturday in statements to multiple media outlets. 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 unsolicited photo of male genitalia was sent to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News, HuffPost reported, citing 14 sources.

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Fox News recently renewed Bolling's contract. While Bolling's suspension is in effect, rotating substitute hosts will be in place on The Specialists, as well as on Bolling's weekend segment, "Cashin' In". Some of these scandals already had forced out former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who died last May, and sexual predator Bill O'Reilly, who now makes podcasts from his auto.

Over at Fox Sports, former exec Jason Horowitz was sacked in July after being interviewed as part of an investigation by parent company 21st Century Fox into allegations of sexual harassment.

O'Reilly has since left the network amid scrutiny of sexual misconduct. This time it involves him (allegedly) sending penis pics to female co-workers. The Huffington Post's Yashar Ali, who wrote the initial article on Bolling, tweeted that the investigation into Bolling's alleged actions is being led by lawfirm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. O'Reilly consistently denied the allegations, but was eventually fired from the network. The show was replaced Saturday by a live half hour of news.

The news prompted a fourth woman, former Fox guest Caroline Heldman, to claim that Mr Bolling sexually harassed her and displayed "wildly inappropriate" behaviour towards her on several occasions between 2008-2011.