Entercom/KC Found Guilty Of Invasion Of Privacy For Mistakenly Calling Woman A Porn Star
September 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM (PT)
ENTERCOM/KANSAS CITY has been found guilty of invasion of privacy and will have to pay ASHLEY PATTON at least $250,000 in damages after Alternative KRBZ (96.5 THE BUZZ) DJs AFENTRA (BANDOKOUDIS) and DANNY BOI (DANIEL TERREROS) mistakenly called her a porn star on-air, KSHB.COM reports.
The incident happened in APRIL 2012 during the "AFENTRA's BIG FAT MORNING BUZZ" show (NET NEWS, 7/29). AFENTRA and DANNY BOI were talking about news that a CALIFORNIA teacher was fired for being in a porn video; they began speculating if there were any porn stars living in KANSAS CITY and asked listeners to text in the names of local porn stars. One such name was "ASHLEY PATTON, OLATHE SOUTH." They Googled it, found photos, then announced PATTON's name and high school on-air and briefly joked about her.
Unfortunately, the texters misspelled the name of porn star "ASHLEY PAYTON." ASHLEY PATTON, who happened to be a law student at the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW, found out she was being talked about on-air, called PD SCOTT GEIGER (a.k.a. LAZLO), who asked her if she was a porn star, and when she denied it, he changed the spelling of the name on the station website and pulled the podcast version off the website. ENTERCOM attorney ANDREW SUTOR offered PATTON an apology, be it on the air or written, but she declined and filed suit.
In a statement, an ENTERCOM spokesman said, "While we are very disappointed in the outcome, we will abide by the jury's verdict."