TRN Publicly Replies -- Again -- To Tantaros Suit
October 14, 2013 at 4:45 AM (PT)
The ANDREA TANTAROS lawsuit against TALK RADIO NETWORK has drawn yet another response from the syndicator, which sent out another statement issued by CEO MARK MASTERS forwarding an email from the company's RON SEVARAID continuing to blame unnamed third parties for prompting TANTAROS' suit and attempting to spirit the show away from TRN.
The statement starts with the allegation that "It is a testament to the quality of ANDREA's performance, and to TRN ENTERTAINMENT's investment, efforts and expertise, that a competitor could offer her and her advisers a 'big enough payday' if she could be convinced to try to break her contract with us - which she cannot do. Though we continue to believe that ANDREA is a victim of those who would offer her enough money to take extreme actions, we are saddened for her and our entire team as a result of her falling to this temptation."
Going on to suggest that TANTAROS' advisers should have called to ask if TRN would be willing to sell the show to a competitor, the statement credited to SEVARAID again blames "certain unethical competitors who would seek to harm us and falsely induce ANDREA to harm us as a method of trying to 'cut us out; of any sale of the contract for her radio host services." The statement calls TANTAROS' suit "a smokescreen for non- public attempts to steal our investment under the guise of a contract dispute. Therefore, we need to make the following extremely clear - ANDREA cannot unilaterally break her contract, and we are in full compliance with the agreement. Any statements to the contrary from her attorneys or anyone else are just bluster to attempt to hide the 'payday' strategy."
The statement claims that TRN is current on its payment obligations to TANTAROS, whose suit says she was not paid on time, and that it responded to TANTAROS' letter claiming breach in a timely manner, invalidating TANTAROS' subsequent termination notice.
MASTERS and SEVARAID's statement threatens the third parties, who he said "inluenced (TANTAROS) and put her into this embarrassing position," that TRN will "pursue them for their greed and other malevolent motives, so that this will be a cautionary tale, not to be repeated," insisting that "We also like a good fight when it is for the right reasons, and this is for all of the right reasons. We are not vindictive, but we do look forward to catching the rats and finishing what they started."