Just a few months after the network was forced to fire Bill O'Reilly amidst sexual harassment allegations, another Fox News personality has been suspended after being accused of sending inappropriate text messages to colleagues at Fox.
Eric Bolling, who has worked for Fox in some capacity since 2007, was initially accused of sending at least three separate colleagues pictures of his genitals during his time with the network. A dozen sources reportedly confirmed this behavior to HuffPo, sharing stories of the unsolicited messages sent by Bolling to his coworkers.
After promising to investigate the matter at the end of last week, Fox News suspended Bolling on Saturday, putting him on leave while the company sorts through the facts. They had reportedly allowed him to film an episode of his show, Cashin In, on Friday morning, but pulled the episode following the report from HuffPo.
Through his attorney, Bolling has denied the allegations, going on the offensive in his first statement in response. "Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications," said attorney Michael J. Bowe, "does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made."
The sources for the initial report have remained anonymous, but as with other cases involving prominent figures and sexual harassment allegations, the initial report has inspired other women to come forward and tell their stories. Caroline Heldman, a guest on Fox and Fox Business programs from 2008-11, shared a lengthy post on her Facebook page detailing how uncomfortable the environment was for women. She described Bolling's actions in detail, saying the network had to have been well aware of his conduct before this new report.
"Once, he took me up to his office in New York, 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," said Heldman. "I know other women have had similar experiences with Bolling, which means that lots of folks at Fox knew about his behavior well before 2017."
Fox News' mistreatment of women has been a central theme for the network over the last few years, with O'Reilly and former CEO Roger Ailes departing the network with a trail of allegations behind them. Fox has rejected the notion the company has a problem, and a spokesperson released a statement in May 2017 claiming they are committed to weeding out discrimination.
"We have consistently demonstrated that the Company is committed to a diverse workplace that is free from all forms of discrimination," reads the statement, "takes any complaint of discrimination seriously, and in these particular matters took prompt, effective and, where necessary, strong remedial action."
Women's issues aren't the only problem at Fox, however, and multiple employees banded together early in 2017 to file a racial discrimination suit against the network. Among other charges, the lawsuit claims black Fox employees were forced to arm wrestle their white colleagues.