Report: Star Arrested For On-Air Remarks
May 12, 2006 at 1:32 PM (PT)
Former PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS syndicated radio jock STAR (aka TROI TORAIN) has been arrested on charges of harrassment and endangering the welfare of a child in a case stemming from his on-air verbal attack of rival crosstown EMMIS Top 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97) mixer DJ ENVY's wife and 4-year-old daughter (NET NEWS 5/10), reports the AP.
Police officials reportedly launched a hate crime investigation of TORAIN yesterday (5/11) after reviewing a transcript of his on-air threats. TORAIN was contacted by authorities today and ordered to surrender a 9mm handgun and target practice permit at police headquarters. When TORAIN arrived to do so, he was arrested and taken to lower MANHATTAN's 1st Precinct.
A call to TORAIN's attorney, BENJAMIN BRAFMAN, by the AP was not immediately returned. TORAIN had apologized yesterday (5/11) through BRAFMAN, although the lawyer maintains that his client was the victim of threats by DJ ENVY. BRAFMAN called TORAIN's remarks "unsuitable and inappropriate," but also assured ENVY's wife, GIA CASEY, that she had nothing to fear.
As previously reported here on ALL ACCESS, TORAIN was fired WEDNESDAY (5/10) by CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WWPR (POWER 105.1)/NEW YORK (his show, STAR & BUC WILD, was subsequently dropped the next day by syndicator PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS) for, among other comments, remarking on-air to DJ ENVY, "If you didn't hear me, I said I would like to do an R. KELLY on your seed, on your little baby girl," a reference to urinating on ENVY's 4-year-old daughter. TORAIN also reportedly offered $500 to any listener who could produce the address of ENVY's daughter's school.
Update: In related news, ALL ACCESS has confirmed with POWER 105.1 that PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS' syndicated weekend personality BIG TIGGER and POWER 105.1 weekender EGYPT will handle POWER's 6a-10a shift. As of today, this arrangement is for next week only.