Following an article claiming several women received lewd texts from Eric Bolling, Fox News was forced to suspend him pending an investigation.
Despite the controversy and allegations, Bolling remains adamant that he never participated in the texts. He remains confident everything will be resolved saying in a tweet “Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you, I look forward to clearing my name asap.”
Bolling is a Fox News host known for his time on The Five and currently hosts The Specialists. He is known to be an avid Trump supporter and was one of the few in media who believed Trump would win the presidency during the 2016 elections.
In describing Trump, Bolling said, “When he came down the escalator with Melania, I looked across the newsroom. Every single pair of eyeballs were staring at the screen. This guy has something that we can’t describe.”
The allegations come from an article written by the Huffington Post, where multiple anonymous women, who worked–and are currently working–with Bolling on Fox, said he sent several unsolicited lewd texts three years ago.
The women claim they know the messages are from Bolling because they recognize the number to be his. Huffington Post claims it found an additional 14 sources that corroborate the allegations, but all sources have remained anonymous.
The allegations represent the third scandal to hit Fox News, following the resignation of Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment charges, and Bill O’Reilly was fired following a New York Times article claiming he spent millions settling multiple sexual harassment cases.
Bolling has made it clear that the allegations aren’t true. His attorney, Michael J. Bowe, gave the following statement “Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.”
Bowe also told Breitbart News, “The story is based on anonymous sources and not true. No such communications occurred.”
It’s hard to imagine Bolling committing such an act, considering his stark words against Anthony Weiner when he pled guilty to sending lewd images to minors. “He is a sick human being, to continue to do this time and time again, continue to get caught, say he’s not going to do it again, gets caught again.”
While it is unclear whether the allegations are true, or if the article making them is considered fake news, it is highly suspicious that all of the women making the claims and the 14 sources supporting those claims in the article have all remained anonymous.
Huffington Post claims the sources all requested anonymity as they are currently working with 21st Century Fox and have signed confidentiality reports requiring authorization to talk to the press.
Even if the allegations are determined false, it would still be a blemish on Bolling’s career and will take him a while to regain face. It may also hurt his chances for running for political office as he stated in an interview in June “When the lights go down on my TV career the next step is running for Senate.”
Until then we’ll have to see whether he will return to Fox exonerated or if the lights will go down permanently on his TV career.