Listener Lies About Being Raped To Win CKIS Contest
October 8, 2012 at 6:43 AM (PT)
ROGERS Top 40 CKIS (KISS 92.5)/TORONTO's ROZ & MOCHA morning are still dealing with the fallout of a contest gone bad, and THE TORONTO STAR reports they're "not sure if the popular radio program will issue an apology for a segment aired THURSDAY morning, which featured a contestant who lied about being raped in order to win a $10,000 prize. ROZ WESTON said in an email to THE STAR that producers of the show had not yet discussed an apology, but said the contestant’s lie 'took us all by surprise'."
The morning duo aired a bit called "Decision Impossible," which invites three listeners on air, and asks them why they deserve the money, then forcing them to decide amongst themselves who should win. One of the contestants, named KRISTYN, won by convincing the other contestants that she was the most deserving of the $10,000 prize by talking about her life with a former boyfriend, who she claimed had been verbally and physically abusive.
"He would beat me, he would rape me," she said. "I felt helpless, I was trapped." She then appeared again the next day to take back her claims.
"Having someone come in and lie about being raped was not what I had envisioned for the game," WESTON told THE STAR. "I would never trivialize abuse, and would never use it as entertainment. If we had known ahead of time -- I’m not sure she would have been picked at all."