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Bolling, the former host of "The Five" and current anchor of "The Specialists", is seeking $50 million in a defamation lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court.
The summons accuses Ali of "reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character".
Ali wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he has received a summons from Bolling, and says he stands by his reporting and will protect his sources.
The summons, which was filed Wednesday in NY state court, says Bolling is seeking both damages and injunctive relief arising from Ali's efforts to injure his reputation through "intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements" about his conduct and character.
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"We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account", a Fox News statement said after Heldman's allegations.
In his article for HuffPost, Ali noted that Bolling had mercilessly criticized former congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., after he became embroiled in a sexting controversy starting in 2013.
Ali's reporting relied exclusively on anonymous sources.
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Bolling's suspension is the latest scandal to rock Fox News, which has weathered several high-profile sexual harassment claims over the past few years.
Variety adds that "Ali's report cited two unnamed women who said they received unsolicited photos of male genitalia from Bolling". HuffPost, which was not named in the lawsuit, issued a statement saying, "Ali is a careful and meticulous reporter". Ali is in a precarious position in that he is relying on unnamed sources and has promised to continue not to name them.
Fox News has retained the services of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a prominent law firm with prior experience in handling legal cases in the entertainment industry, to head the investigation. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, claimed she was sacked for rejecting Ailes's sexual advances, prompting a lawsuit.
In early July, longtime Fox Business Network host Charles Payne was suspended after a frequent guest on the network accused him of sexual harassment.
"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", Heldman wrote.
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