Eric Bolling suspended from Fox News after allegations of lewd texting

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Four people, not including the sources, claimed to have seen the photo themselves, while eight more said the recipients had spoken to them about its contents. All recipients claim they were texts sent by Bolling because the phone number is one they recognized from work-related interactions.

Huffington Post reported that the messages were sent several years ago on separate occasions.

Fox News has suspended Eric Bolling "pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway", a Fox spokesperson told TheWrap.

A lawyer for Bolling told the Huffington Post that his client "recalls no such inappropriate communications" and "does not believe he sent any such communications" when asked about the alleged texts.

In 2014, Mr. Bolling was criticized for a comment he made about a female pilot for the United Arab Emirates, Mariam Al Mansouri, who had led an airstrike against the Islamic State. Former Fox News event planner Laurie Luhn accused him of subjecting her to "psychological torture" for decades former hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual harassment. He apologized the next day, citing "a look" he got from his wife when he arrived home.

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NBC News was not able to independently verify the allegations. He previously served as one of five anchors on the network's show, The Five.

Eric Bolling arrives at Trump Tower on November 16, 2016 in New York City.

President Donald Trump helped promote Bolling's book, The Swamp, by retweeting him in June.

Rotating substitute hosts will fill in for Bolling on The Specialists, which he co-hosted. Trump also in return has tweeted praise and support for Bolling.

Earlier this year, Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, reportedly reached a $2.5 million settlement with former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder, who says she was sexually assaulted by Francisco Cortes, the vice president of Fox News Latino.

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