Shock Jock Star’s Defamation Suit Against Councilman Dismissed
On Friday (August 17) a U.S. District judge in New York tossed a defamation suit brought by former Power 105.1 DJ Star against City Councilman John Liu. According to the Associated Press, Judge George B. Daniels ruled that comments made by Liu did not constitute defamation because a reasonable person would have believed the comments to be true. Liu referred to the controversial morning show host as a “sick, racist pedophile” who deserved to be “terminated from the face of the earth.” The comments were made during a press conference denouncing Star for remarks he made about rival Hot 97 DJ Envy’s daughter and wife. During his show, Star offered listeners $500 for the location of the girl’s school, and made racial remarks about Envy’s wife, who is part Asian. The comments ignited a firestorm of controversy and led to Star’s firing from the station and his arrest on child endangerment charges. A judge dropped the charges in July 2006 on the condition that Star stayed out of trouble for six months. A week later, the controversial DJ filed the $55 million suit against Liu.