A former Fox News employee spoke out Saturday evening about exchanges she had with longtime network host Eric Bolling after Fox announced Saturday afternoon they had suspended Bolling amid new sexual harassment allegations.
Caroline Heldman, a former Fox News contributor who currently works at Occidental College as an associate professor, penned a lengthy post to her public Facebook page Saturday detailing her time at Fox News and the “grave concern” that Bolling caused her on several occasions.
“My only surprise is that it took this long for people to come forward about Bolling’s behavior, which has been wildly inappropriate for years,” Heldman wrote.
“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,” she explained. “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 explained that sometimes Bolling would contact her with remorse about his actions, then allegedly do them again later. She also detailed a weird exchange she allegedly once had with him in his office.
“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,” she wrote.
“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,” she explained.
According to Heldman, who served as a contributor at Fox News from 2008 to 2011, Bolling was one of three Fox News employees to sexually harass her during her employment with the network. In her Facebook post, she said she also experienced “sexual harassment and gender discrimination” from Bill O’Reilly and Woody Fraser, a close friend of former Fox CEO Roger Ailes who served as a consultant at the network.
O’Reilly has since left the network amid scrutiny of sexual misconduct. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing. Mother Jones reported last week on Heldman’s accusations against Fraser.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Bolling were made public late Friday by the Huffington Post, which reported that Bolling allegedly sent a picture of male genitalia to several female employees at Fox News several years ago. HuffPost confirmed their story with more than a dozen sources from Fox before publishing it.
Fox released a statement Friday night saying they were initiating an investigation into the incident. They later announced Saturday they had suspended Bolling pending a complete investigation into the matter.
“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” a Fox spokesperson told TheBlaze.
Bolling, through his lawyer Michael Bowe, has denied any wrongdoing.
“Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made,” Bowe said in a statement, according to HuffPost.
In an undated statement in response to Heldman’s accusations, Fox News told HuffPost: “We are investigating this matter and all claims will be taken into account.”