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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.
"The nature of this action is for damages and injunctive relief based on defamation arising from the defendant's efforts to injure the plaintiff's reputation through the intentional and/or highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character".
In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Bolling thanked his supporters and said he would "continue to fight against these false smear attacks".
The suit was filed by Michael Bowe, an attorney at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres.More news: HSBC to buy back $2b shares
The reporter's August 4 article claims that Bolling had texted unsolicited pictures of male genitalia several years ago to at least two women at Fox Business and another at Fox News.
Ali's article accused Bolling of sexually harassing female colleagues at the news network, and multiple women have since come forward with similar accusations since its August 5 publication.
"Just received a summons", tweeted Ali.
Ali was first to report that MSNBC was in talks to hire Hugh Hewitt and give him his own show, which it did. "We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account".
Bolling has yet to comment on the lawsuit. Yashar Ali, who has delivered reporting for New York Magazine, Mother Jones, and HuffPost, posted to Twitter that he has been served a summons. "We stand by his reporting", HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen said in an article on the site. The Los Angeles Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that the unidentified woman told Fox's outside lawyers that she was coerced into a sexual relationship with him, then blackballed from the network when she tried to end it. Payne has denied wrongdoing. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, claimed she was sacked for rejecting Ailes's sexual advances, prompting a lawsuit.
Fox has been hit by a series of lawsuits against former network CEO Roger Ailes and former anchor Bill O'Reilly.