Fox News suspended Eric Bolling on Saturday after reports surfaced that the host has been accused of sending images of his “genitalia” to at least three colleagues.
Now a former Fox News contributor has come forward with a detailed account of how Bolling allegedly sexually harassed her and other women who have appeared on Fox.
As reported by Mediaite, Occidental College Associate Professor Caroline Heldman, who appeared on-air with Bolling on multiple occasions, wrote extensively on her Facebook page on Saturday about alleged sexual harassment by the host:
** Long Post, TW for Sexual Harassment**Fox News just suspended Eric Bolling pending allegations that he sent photos…
Heldman wrote, in part:
I did hundreds of appearances on Fox and Fox Business from 2008 — 2011, and had multiple experiences with Bolling that caused grave concern to my friends and family. Bolling referred to me as “Dr. McHottie” on air on four different occasions, and called me “smart, beautiful, and wrong” on air twice.
I pushed back with “Mr. McSexist,” but I shouldn’t have had to. This on-air behavior was perfectly acceptable to Fox executives at the time.
Heldman alleges Bolling’s off-air behavior was even more of a concern:
Bolling would also contact me via phone and text after shows, sometimes to apologize for his behavior (and then do it again), and sometimes just to talk. He said he wanted to fly me out to New York for in-studio hits and to have “fun.”
He asked me to have meals with him on several occasions, but I found excuses not to go. 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.
“I know other women have had similar experiences with Bolling,” she wrote, “which means that lots of folks at Fox knew about his behavior well before 2017.”
While Bolling in only suspended at this point, pending an investigation by Fox News, the pattern is reminiscent to that of both the late Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly.
Ailes, the former Fox News CEO, resigned from the network in July 2016, after multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
O’Reilly was fired by the network in April of this year after an extensive review into sexual allegations against the former “king of cable news.”