Peace At Last: Bubba, Schnitt Settle
March 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM (PT)
Radio's long on-air nightmare is over. After 13 hours of mediation, attorneys for BUBBA "THE LOVE SPONGE" CLEM and TODD "MJ" SCHNITT reached a settlement of a five-year feud that led to a defamation trial, won by CLEM, ABC reports. Predictably, both sides claimed victory.
The agreement prevents BUBBA from making any disparaging remarks about SCHNITT's wife MICHELLE, or his children. According to SCHNITT attorney WIL FLORIN, "In the event there are any violations to the agreement with regards to MICHELLE, the damages are $5,000 for each violation."
SCHNITT himself, however, will be fair game. "The verdict will stand. And I'll be able to light up MJ on the air," BUBBA said. "I'll never take my boot off his neck, ever."
"This has been about protecting my family -- my children, primarily," SCHNITT said. "I'm a public figure. And you can assail me. You can attack me. You can call me a short guy, say you don't like my hair, say my show is no good. That's fair game."
SCHNITT lost his defamation lawsuit against BUBBA in civil court. He threatened to seek a re-trial, but this deal ended any further litigation. BUBBA accused SCHNITT of using the legal system to bankrupt him claiming his legal costs of $3 million. SCHNITT's legal team noted that BUBBA waived further attempts to get paid for the legal fees incurred for his defense.