Trial over K-Rock shock jock remarks starts Tuesday

Joe Scott pictured in a Daily News file photo.

Joe Scott pictured in a Daily News file photo.

The trial of a former Cape Coral woman who sued 96 K-Rock’s owners over broadcasts by now-deceased shock jock Joe Scott begins Tuesday, when she will take the stand to tell jurors how his broadcasts hurt her reputation, embarrassed and ridiculed her — and their daughter.

The trial involves a 2005 lawsuit filed by Jane Doe, the mother of a then-teenage girl fathered by Scott, who died in November 2006. Patti Davis, the Jane Doe in the lawsuit, will take the stand after her lawyer, William Thompson Jr. of Fort Myers, and the station’s lawyer, Kelley Geraghty Price, who represents Beasley Broadcast Group, present opening statements.

Doe had sought an injunction to halt Scott’s May 2005 daily diatribes against her — morning radio shows during which he called her a prostitute, thief, drug-user, and other names, despite her complaints to the station. The lawsuit alleges invasion of privacy and negligent hiring and retention of Scott, an admitted drug addict who was in and out of drug rehabilitation.

Doe contends she suffered stress and medical problems, and ended up moving to Michigan to continue her real estate career.

Price contends Davis was on Scott’s show before and that a domestic violence injunction she obtained against Scott — and the prior broadcasts she appeared on — placed much of her private life in the public domain. Davis never sought a retraction, Price said.

On Monday, Thompson and Price spent much of the day selecting a jury. Earlier, they argued pretrial motions.

Price successfully barred Thompson from bringing out FCC violations, although Lee Circuit Judge Christine Greider ruled he can tell jurors about FCC regulations. Price also was able to prohibit Thompson from bringing out alleged witness tampering and destruction of evidence.

The trial, expected to take up to five days, promises to be titillating, with evidence that includes Scott’s on- and off-again 15-year history with the station, his five firings, his drug problems and repeated stays in rehab, including in The Willough at Naples and Ruth Cooper Center in Fort Myers.

Evidence includes more than 80 hours of broadcasts. Thompson is expected to play the most damning ones.

Doe’s lawsuit alleges Scott was in rehab in April 2005, when K-Rock brought him back to fill a void and boost its ratings and profits after Howard Stern’s show ended. The lawsuit also contends he broadcasted under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medications, and that colleagues refused to work with him. He was fired in March 2006 after he didn’t show up for work for three days, prompting a suspension.

The 46-year-old Cape Coral man died nine months later, after collapsing at home.

Pretrial arguments and jury questioning shows Price will contend station officials couldn’t act immediately after Doe complained due to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that he also suffered from ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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OldMarcoMan writes:

If thats offensive I guess she never saw a City Council Meeting

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