Fox's Bolling: 'I look forward to clearing my name asap'

Fox's Bolling: 'I look forward to clearing my name asap'

The news anchor was suspended from the network "pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", a Fox spokesperson told TheWrap on Saturday.

Fox confirmed Saturday that Mr. Bolling had been suspended "pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", a day after HuffPost reported that he had sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia to three female colleagues.

Bolling, who previously co-hosted "The Five", now serves as a host of the new Fox News show "The Specialists" and the weekly Saturday program "Cashin' In".

Allegations of sexual harassment ended the Fox News careers of Roger Ailes, the chief executive, last year and host Bill O'Reilly in April this year. Former Fox News guest Caroline Heldman, now an associate professor at Occidental College, claimed that Bolling had repeatedly made sexual advances on her.

Though Ali and the Huffington Post did not name any of Bolling's accusers, one woman has come forward and detailed her alleged harassment from the host. Suzanne Scott, president of programming for Fox News, said then: "Eric has cultivated a strong fan base and has become a staple to the Fox News brand".

It was the latest sexual harassment case to rock Fox News, America's most watched cable news channel and a favourite among United States conservatives. And I don't know if it's worse or it's just more public.

An attorney for Bolling, Michael J. Bowe, denied the allegations. She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'".

Fox's statement about Bolling on Saturday indicated that he may return once the investigation is complete.

"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", Heldman wrote.

"There are a lot of great people working at Fox, many of whom I admire and respect to this day, but there is also a culture of sexual harassment that has not fully been addressed", said Ms. Heldman.

Eric Bolling attends Fox News' "The Five" on February 26, 2014, in New York City.

"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. The latest incident in this string of stories pertains to Fox personality Eric Bolling, who now stands accused of sexual misconduct.

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