The ex-girlfriend of 96 K-Rock shock jock Joe Scott took the stand Thursday, crying at times, and told a jury how she warned his employer and psychiatrist he was “worse” after a nearly three-week stint in a Naples rehab center.
Although Patti Davis testified she warned them he wasn’t ready to return to the air, the 50-year-old former Cape Coral woman said her pleas went unheeded.
And when Scott went on the air, condemning her for meddling, calling her a slut, thief, crazy and possessed, Davis said she asked K-Rock General Manager Brad Beasley to halt the tirades.
“I called all the people I thought would stop him,” Davis said.
“And did they?” asked her attorney, William DeForest Thompson.
“No,” she said angrily. “... I was just humiliated, embarrassed, distraught.”
Although Beasley testified earlier that he told Scott to stop, Davis denied that.
“He told me to talk to Joe,” she said.
Thompson played a tape in which another disc jockey asked Scott if he could no longer mention Davis.
“Not really,” Scott replied, saying Beasley discussed something else. “They think I’m losing it.”
Although the defense contends Davis “willingly” appeared on-air, Thompson showed that wasn’t true in May 2005.
“Did you ever end up on the air, thinking you were just having a conversation with him?” he asked.
“Yes,” Davis replied. “A couple of times a week.”
She didn’t like her voice or being on-air, calling it “nerve-racking.”
Her testimony came the third day of a trial expected to end today. However, it could extend to Tuesday, allowing the defense to present all its witnesses. Davis, the sixth plaintiff’s witness, will continue her cross-examination today with defense attorney Kelley Geraghty Price.
Until Thursday, Davis’ 2005 lawsuit against Naples-based Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. and affiliates was hampered by pretrial rulings limiting it to invasion of privacy and negligent hiring and retention. Scott was fired five times over 15 years and terminated in March 2006 after a relapse; he died of complications that November.
In a last-minute ruling in Price’s favor, Lee Circuit Judge Christine Greider, agreed the May 2005 broadcast tapes weren’t authenticated and weren’t admissible.
After repeated attempts, Thompson was able to play about a dozen through radio personality Gentry Odom, because he’d appeared on those shows with Scott. A half-dozen more were played when Davis testified and listened to Scott trashing her, using her in voice-overs and vowing to continue mentioning her.
He referred to her by name, “her, she” or “my ex-girlfriend,” called her a “stark, raving (expletive)” and an “infection” that needs to be “killed.”
One tape supported her allegation that Scott ignored Beasley, when Scott says, “Just because they got a call from a crazed girl who is possessed and being manipulated by the devil,” his bosses told him not to talk about her. “That ain’t gonna happen.”
Davis described hearing Scott call her a thief, a burglar, a slut, and a prostitute during on-air rants. She said it was difficult to concentrate on her new job as a Realtor, she had to use anti-depressants for the first time, she got a rash and her face swelled due to stress.
“I’m in sales, so it wasn’t a pretty picture,” she said.
In another tape, Scott angrily yelled as he repeatedly tried to call Dr. Ralph Ryback, director of The Willough of Naples rehab center. The psychiatrist treated him beginning in April 2005, when a colleague found Scott surrounded by cocaine, opiates and alcohol at home after not showing up for work for three days.
On-air, they dissected the relationship, and Ryback said, “She’s not the one for you.” Scott and a co-host joked how Ryback could see after briefly meeting her, that Davis was “trouble.”
Davis described their rocky relationship, which began in 1984, how he was abusive and how she and their daughter left for Michigan in 1990 and returned in January 2005. Crying, she described Scott throwing their teenage daughter during a fit of rage and how she later obtained a restraining order.
Earlier, Price bolstered her case through Beasley’s cross-examination. He said he’d taken Davis’ call to stop Scott from talking about her seriously and took action. He later heard Scott telling listeners he couldn’t talk about her.
When a juror asked why he didn’t inquire why she didn’t want to be mentioned, Beasley said he might have, but didn’t recall. However, he took her seriously.
“The tone of her voice, the seriousness of the conversation, she threatened to take legal (action),” Beasley said. “I went along with it. I respected her wishes.”