DJ Star To Appeal Dismissed Lawsuit; New Action Targets Clear Channel
August 20, 2007 at 5:30 AM (PT)
Former CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WWPR (POWER 105)/NEW YORK's "STAR & BUC WILD Morning Show" host DJ STAR plans to appeal a judge's decision to throw out his defamation lawsuit. DJ STAR accused a city councilman of defamation when the politico called him a "sick, racist pedophile" for sex-laced rants about a rival's young daughter, reports THE ASBURY PARK PRESS.
On top of the appeal, THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports that STAR will forge ahead with a wrongful termination suit against CLEAR CHANNEL.
DJ STAR, whose real name is TROI TORAIN, was briefly charged with child endangerment and fired from CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WWPR (POWER 105)/NEW YORK's "STAR & BUC WILD Morning Show" last year after making remarks about the wife and four-year-old daughter of EMMIS Top 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97)/NEW YORK DJ RAASHAUN CASEY.
Councilman JOHN LIU denounced TORAIN in press conferences and television interviews, calling him a "pedophile" and a "lunatic" who should be "terminated from the face of the earth," according to court papers.
The NEW JERSEY-raised TORAIN, who grew up in SCOTCH PLAINS, sued LIU a year ago for $55 million, saying his reputation was permanently damaged. But U.S. District Judge GEORGE B. DANIELS said LIU's comments could not be seen as factual to most listeners and viewers, which is key to a defamation claim. TORAIN was initially charged with child endangerment after the remarks, but prosecutors dropped the charges, saying they wanted to spare the young girl further attention.
Will Sue Clear Channel
Undaunted, STAR told the NY DAILY NEWS that he will appeal the dismissal of the lawsuit -- and that he will continue on with his lawsuit against CLEAR CHANNEL for wrongful termination. "I'm focused on the lawsuit I commenced against CLEAR CHANNEL through which we'll prove support and encouragement from CEO JOHN HOGAN down to local programming staff for my actions on the air. HOGAN personally told me, 'Keep doing what you're doing.'
"With that powerful endorsement and the encouragement from other high-ranking CLEAR CHANNEL employees for 'more hate,' I did my job, ultimately to benefit their ratings and revenue. CLEAR CHANNEL's complicity is a fact, insufficiently camouflaged by my termination. How else could I have continued in that direction for so long?"