Patty Glaser, the writer's attorney, responded to the lawsuit in a letter Friday urging Mr. Bolling to either dismiss the litigation immediately or risk being dragged over the coals under oath.
"We view your decision to sue Mr. Ali in his individual capacity, for $50 million, without also naming the Huffington Post, as a calculated effort to harass and intimidate Mr. Ali personally", Glaser wrote. The network indefinitely suspended Mr. Bolling the following day pending the results of an internal probe, and the host sued Mr. Ali this past Wednesday in a Manhattan court.
The lawsuit comes just days after Ali wrote a story for HuffPost claiming more than a dozen sources told him Bolling sent "an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News". In it, she demands the lawsuit be dropped, calling it "utterly devoid of merit". Ali also wrote that he is not going to stop reporting on Bolling "or anyone else".
Bolling attorney Michael J. Bowe replied on August 4 that his client "recalls no such inappropriate communications" and "does not believe" he sent them.
HuffPost has defended the journalist and offered to pay his legal bills if necessary.
"The Summons with Notice you filed.is purposefully sparse on allegations, and does not identify which purportedly "false and misleading" statements could possibly support a $50 million damages award", Yashar Ali's attorney, Patricia Glaser wrote in a letter addressed to Bolling's attorney.
Bolling is being represented by Kasowitz Benson Torres, the same firm that defended former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly following sexual harassment allegations.
"At best, you failed to investigate Mr. Bolling's claims", the letter reads. Ali tweeted the letter on Friday afternoon.
She said that if Bolling declines to dismiss the lawsuit against Ali, she has been "authorized to pursue all claims in law and in equity against you and your client, including malicious prosecution".