Fox News' Eric Bolling responds to suspension following sex-harassment accusations

Fox News' Eric Bolling responds to suspension following sex-harassment accusations

The following day, spokesperson from Fox News confirmed via NBC News that his suspension is "pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway".

Fox News suspended Bolling over the weekend pending an investigation into allegations Bolling sent lewd text messages to at least three female co-workers at Fox News and Fox Business.

The news that Fox News Channel has suspended host Eric Bolling brought to mind a local angle: He attended Rollins College - Class of 1984 - to play baseball and told me it was "a fantastic experience" in a December interview.

Bolling, who now co-hosts "The Fox News Specialists", was pulled off his former show, "The Five", earlier this year when it moved to primetime because network executives wanted a familiar face in the 5 p.m. ET time slot. Former Fox News chairman, the late Roger Ailes, stepped down a year ago after being successfully sued for sexual harassment by former host Gretchen Carlson. Former network contributor Caroline Heldman was one of the women who opened up and accused Bolling of trying to fly her out to NY in an attempt to have "fun" with him. One of the women asked to never be sent another image of that kind again, to which she received no response. Mother Jones was first to report this week that Heldman, under the penalty of perjury, signed a declaration stating that Fraser offered her a paid Fox News contributor gig in exchange for sex.

The allegations are the most recent to surface against employees at Fox News, which has worked in recent months to purge itself of the corporate culture fostered by former CEO Roger Ailes.

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"The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair", Michael Bowe, an attorney who represents Bolling, told CNNMoney.

"My only surprise is that it took this long for people to come forward about Bolling's behavior, which has been wildly inappropriate for years", wrote Heldman. And I don't know if it's worse or it's just more public. She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'". Once, he took me up to his office in NY, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex.

The suspension is the latest in a string of sexual harassment complaints against personalities who appear on Fox News and Fox Business.

Bolling's attorney said he denies the claims.

"Specialists" is an important piece of Fox's weekday schedule, since it airs at an early evening hour - 5 p.m. ET - and helps drive a big audience to the network's prime time hours. Fox's full statement reads, "Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway".

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