Trial Date Set in Invasion Of Privacy Suit Against Entercom, KRBZ
July 29, 2014 at 4:03 AM (PT)
U.S. District Judge DANIEL D. CRABTREE has set SEPTEMBER 23rd for a jury trial in the case of a woman who sued ENTERCOM in 2013 over falsely being identified on Alternative KRBZ (96.5 THE BUZZ)/KANSAS CITY as a porn star. The judge set the date after dismissing ENTERCOM's motion for summary judgment.
ASHLEY PATTON, a law student at the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW, sued ENTERCOM after "AFENTRA'S BIG FAT MORNING BUZZ" morning host AFENTRA BANDOKOUDIS and sidekick DANIEL "DANNYBOI" TERREROS discussed a story from CALIFORNIA about a teacher fired for being in a porn video and turned their attention to whether or not there are any local KANSAS CITY porn stars; the hosts had listeners text in the names of local porn stars, got "ASHLEY PATTON, OLATHE SOUTH," Googled it, found photos, and briefly joked about her.
It turned out that the texters misspelled the name of "ASHLEY PAYTON." After being alerted to the show's discussion, PATTON called PD SCOTT GEIGER and said that GEIGER asked her, "Well, are you (a porn star)?" and then changed the spelling of the name on the station website and promised to call back but never did. PATTON then called ENTERCOM attorney ANDREW SUTOR, who told her that the name had been taken down, and, after more calls, the podcast version was taken off the website and SUTOR offered an apology on the air or written, but the plaintiff declined and filed suit.
PATTON said in the suit that the misidentification caused her distress and sleeplessness and claimed damages in excess of $75,000 plus punitive damages.