Caroline Heldman, a CNN guest and associate professor at Occidental College, accused Fox News anchor Eric Bolling of sexually harassing her several years ago.
Heldman, a former Fox News guest, made the allegations Saturday night, just hours after Bolling was suspended pending the results of an investigation. On Friday, several women anonymously accused Bolling of having texted a lewd photo of male genitalia to them several years ago.
“We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account,” Fox News told BizPac Review.
It’s unknown if there are any recent allegations against Bolling, or why the accusers decided to come forward now instead of years ago, when the incident supposedly occurred.
Heldman, a Democratic strategist in her late-40s, boasted that Bolling had called her “Dr. McHottie” on air several times. It’s unclear when he allegedly made those remarks and why Caroline did not speak out before now.
Heldman previously accused Bill O’Reilly of sexually harassing her, and said men and society as a whole objectify and oppress women.
She also said Bolling complimented her for being “smart” and “beautiful” even though he disagreed with her politically. Heldman recounted on Facebook:
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.
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, which means that lots of folks at Fox knew about his behavior well before 2017.
The “d*ck-photo” accusations against Eric Bolling is the latest black eye for Fox News, which has recently been rocked by sexual harassment allegations. Bolling denied that he had sent a lewd photo of male genitalia to female co-workers several years ago.
“The story is based on anonymous sources and not true,” said Bolling’s attorney Michael Bowe. “No such unsolicited communications occurred.”
Meanwhile, writer Michelle Fields — who famously accused former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of assaulting her in 2016 — vouched for Bolling’s professionalism.
Fields also denied internet rumors that she was one of his accusers.
“Eric Bolling was nothing but professional when I worked w/him,” she tweeted.
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) August 6, 2017
On Saturday, Fox News suspended Bolling pending an investigation being conducted by the law firm Paul, Weiss.
During the suspension, a series of rotating guest hosts will substitute for Bolling on “The Fox News Specialists,” which airs weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.
In June, Bolling revealed that he plans to run for senate someday. “When the lights go down on my TV career, the next step is running for Senate,” he said.
Bolling recently signed a long-term contract with Fox News as the host of “The Fox News Specialists.”
Caroline Heldman got destroyed on social media, where skeptics accused her of being a press whore, an opportunist, and a gold digger.
Many wondered why she waited for 6 years after she left Fox News to go public with her accusations.
Now she claims he sexually harassed her *on air* ?
— CindyForTrump (@immigrant_legal) August 6, 2017
— eternal vigilance (@uspatrol) August 6, 2017
She has gone from sleeping with the media for sex to sleeping with the billionaires to get paid. Gold digging wh*re!
— Tom (@Tomkc244) August 6, 2017
@carolineheldman Why wait? My only ? If true u subject others to the same. You seem smart makes no sense what triggered you to do it now?
— redrum (@REDISRISING18) August 6, 2017
It looks like @FoxNews is moving to the Dark Side by attacking all of its Conservative folks. First it was Roger Ailes, then O’Reilly, etc.
— Florida Skeptic (@ClayWelsh) August 6, 2017
WOW! Caroline Heldman really get’s around, she was one of the accusers against Bill O’Reilly. now Bolling. Huffington Post just got taken
— Laney DePietra (@OCDVirgo51) August 6, 2017
So you waited so long so he could abuse more women? Or you waited until he got famous to expose him?cash in. You’re a real trooper.
— David Moyer (@dmoyer25) August 6, 2017
Here’s a recent video of Caroline Heldman telling Tucker Carlson why the rich should be taxed at 80%.
Correction: Heldman was a guest on both CNN and Fox News on multiple occasions. She was not an official contributor for either one.
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