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Fox suspends TV host accused of sending lewd messages to colleagues

It’s the latest sexual harassment case to rock Fox News, America’s most watched cable news channel.

Eric Bolling
Eric Bolling
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A HOST ON US cable network Fox News has been suspended during an investigation into allegations that he texted unsolicited lewd images to female co-workers, the company has said.

It is the latest sexual harassment case to rock Fox News, America’s most watched cable news channel and a favourite among US conservatives.

“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently under way,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement.

The suspension followed a HuffPost report on Friday that claimed Bolling sent an image of male genitalia to two colleagues at Fox Business and one at Fox News.

The report, citing multiple anonymous sources in and outside of Fox News and Fox Business, said the messages were sent on separate occasion several years ago.

Bolling has worked at the network for seven years.

His lawyer Michael Bowe said in a statement to HuffPost: “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.”

Other high-profile cases 

Last year, Fox News’s powerful chairman Roger Ailes left the company following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

In April, the network parted ways with its star anchor Bill O’Reilly following a flood of sexual harassment accusations that triggered a crash in advertising sales.

Last month, Jamie Horowitz, who oversaw programming for Fox Sports, was fired in Los Angeles over allegations of misconduct.

© AFP 2017

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