Eric Bolling responds to sexual harassment allegations and Fox News suspension

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A Fox News spokesperson also noted that "Cashin In" was taped Friday morning per usual and was pulled once FNC was made aware of the allegations via the HuffPost inquiry/story.

Occidental College associate professor Caroline Heldman, who previously has levied sexual harassment accusations against former Fox host Bill O'Reilly and executive Woody Fraser, said in a late Saturday Facebook post that Mr. Bolling made sexually charged references to her on the air.

In her post, Heldman added that she was not the first woman to receive such inappropriate behavior from him. "Thank you", Bolling tweeted.

That's likely one of the reasons why Bolling was suspended "pending the results of an investigation", as Fox's statement on Saturday put it.

An attorney for Bolling, Michael Bowe, denied the allegations.

When asked in a June story for NJ Advance Media about the corporate culture at Fox News possibly being unkind to women, Bolling said he could not speak to those claims. Former Fox News guest Caroline Heldman, now an associate professor at Occidental College, claimed that Bolling had repeatedly made sexual advances on her. 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". And if it's Fox, am I to believe that there isn't this issue at MSNBC and CNN? She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'".

"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", Ms. Heldman said.

"Make-up artists at Fox are contract workers, so many are fearful of speaking up because they simply won't be hired again", Heldman said. "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". Eastern time. A source familiar with the matter told HuffPost that a rotating group of hosts will fill in for Bolling. He also hosts the weekend show "Cashin' In".

WIBC host Tony Katz and WIBC legal correspondent Greg Garrision discussed the allegations against Bolling, exploring whether there has been a long-standing cultural problem within the Fox News Network for several years. Over the years, many women have come forward to reveal the sexual harassment they faced at the network.

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