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"Nappy Headed, (money grabbing) Ho" Sues Imus

I might have a shred of sympathy for this woman if not for the timing.

18 hours ago Drudge reports that Imus will get $20 million from CBS.

Suddenly we get this:

Don Imus Sued by Rutgers Basketball Player

Don Imus is facing his first lawsuit from a player on the Rutgers Women's Basketball team for derogatory comments that cost him his job as a radio host in April, ABC News has learned.

Kia Vaughn, star center for the Rutgers Women's Basketball team, has filed a lawsuit against Imus for libel, slander and defamation -- the first civil suit to be filed against the former radio host. Vaughn is asking for monetary damages of an unspecified amount.
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"This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my client, Kia Vaughn," said her attorney, Richard Ancowitz,

Yeah, and that 20 million had absolutely nothing to do with it. How transparent can you get?


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So once again Imus was righ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

So once again Imus was right when he named to basketball player. It's always about the money, even for street corner hookers.

The Nappy Headed Ho, just l... (Below threshold)
Barney-ImAnAssHoleLiberal:

The Nappy Headed Ho, just lost her case by filing suit. Why do the gansta rappers call their bitches HO? Cause deh are allways trying to get da money. Ho's just like this one.

Ah, remember when Americans... (Below threshold)

Ah, remember when Americans didn't need lawsuits to, "restore the(ir) good name and reputation", but rather, people could see what you were by the figure you cut as a human being ? Guess MLK Jr. had it all wrong the whole time, it's not about the content of ones character, it's about the size of the settlement one is awarded - with the help of your "Friendly Neighborhood Lawyerman".

This woman is setting the "cause" back a generation, and she still can't hold a candle to the spirit crushing wonders of our wonderful "Klan with a tan", as lead by the shameless Reverend Jackson, and his Vice Poverty Pimp, Al Sharpton.

Me thinks the good Reverend King is spinning with enough RPMs and torque to end our dependence on foriegn oil if we could just engage a turbine engine with his corpse.

"This is a lawsuit... (Below threshold)
marc:
"This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my client, Kia Vaughn," said her attorney, Richard Ancowitz,
Uh-huh, ok. Then make a declaration now that no money should or will exchange hands with the exception of the losing side paying the others legal fees.

Til then screw her.

The next story that is not related to this lawsuit will be one detailing the large contract this basketball center signs after being drafted by a WNBA team. (What... no libel, no slander, no defamation and no ruined life and career opportunities?!!! The HELL you say!!!!)

P.S. It would never happen but a search warrant should be issued allowing a peek at all the possessions of each of the players belongings both at home and at Rutgers.

Even money says at least half of them have CD's of rap "artists" that contain much worse than what Imus said.

I just thought of something... (Below threshold)
marc:

I just thought of something...

"This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my client, Kia Vaughn," said her attorney, Richard Ancowitz,
Why was her "good name and reputation" harmed in any way? Imus never mentioned her name or the names of any the other players.

Unless she has filed this suit on behalf of the remainder of the team, sorta like a "class action" defamation suit, she has ZERO chance to win this sham lawsuit.

Wait a minute. After all t... (Below threshold)

Wait a minute. After all that talk about the women's character and how they handled it with class and distinction? How everyone admired them for their restraint and maturity in accepting his apology and moving on? Now, months later, it's suddenly a whole 'nother story. It really IS all about the money?

If she was so hurt by Imus'... (Below threshold)
hermie:

If she was so hurt by Imus' comments, why didn't she file suit at the time the comments were made?

Her coach spoke for the team when they considered the Imus situation closed with his firing. All she had to do was to step ion front of the cameras and say that the coach didn't speak for her and was going to sue.

Can she prove she isnt napp... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Can she prove she isnt nappy headed?

Can she prove she isnt a HO?

Im not a lawyer, but doesnt she have to prove her rep has been sullied?

And your take on Imus getti... (Below threshold)
JFO:

And your take on Imus getting millions after being fired for cause is?

GlanYou may not be... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Glan

You may not be a lawyer but you sure are a racist bast***.

Racist, because I believe s... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Racist, because I believe she has to prove she has silky smooth hair? Racist because I believe she has to prove she isnt a HO? Where in my post did I mentioned race? Burden of proof is on her right?

The attn starved libkook adolescent trolls always amuse me.

Oh I get it, you righties ... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Oh I get it, you righties are all for pinning a badge of honor on the guy who makes his millions in the free market system of justice by disparaging the accomplishments of young women atheletes but you're not ok with her standing up for her own code of honor by using the free market judicial system to have a slanderer pay for his thoughtless, beligerent remarks.


Yes, I get it, good for you too. This comes down to whether or not the shock jocks with macho mouths have more standing in your eyes than a bright, assertive young woman who has been maliciously verbally assaulted and you want to support the guy who did it.

AND you want the rest of us to think your canard isn't rascist? Unfrigginbelievable.......

Now he can talk about NaBby... (Below threshold)
kim:

Now he can talk about NaBby Cranialed newscasters with impunity. Whaddya bet he talks with Novak and invites Russert for a confab.
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Isnt Imus a liberal?? </p... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Isnt Imus a liberal??

We all know he is an idiot, he was a supporter to that 'war hero' of the Viet Cong, Hanoi John Kerry.

Hello? Anyone sensible out ... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Hello? Anyone sensible out here? I agree that this lawsuit appears to be everything I hate about the judicial system as it stands today. That said, attacking this woman in the manner some of the commentors have is assenine. Call it "money grubbing" or the like, but the "bitches" "street corner hooker" stuff is beyond the pale.

With that out of the way, what in the HELL is a "free market judicial system," cb? Are you that throughly clueless?

Civil Behavior, frankly you... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Civil Behavior, frankly your id is amusingly ironic.

Nonetheless, Imus' remark is rather difficult to establish as slanderous. It was rather clearly intended not as a serious comment on the team, but as a joke, regardless of its taste. As such, it is not defamation under the law. This is a frivolous suit plain and simple.

Hey cb, you dumbass, why is... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey cb, you dumbass, why is she not sueing all the "hip-hop" punks?

Looks like the nappyheads d... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Looks like the nappyheads dont belive in the U.S. Constitution uless it allows them to trash conservatives just proves what hypotcrits liberals are

Evidently this 'broad' want... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Evidently this 'broad' wants her background (I'll bet it's not pretty) blasted around the world. No choice now, the digging has started, and the rest of the team will suffer the same fate. Wasn't the term 'former gang bangers' used to describe the team (not by Imus who I can't stand, he is a far out left wing liberal) when this first came out?

civil behavior:<block... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior:

but you're not ok with her standing up for her own code of honor by using the free market judicial system to have a slanderer pay for his thoughtless, beligerent remarks.

Right after the slanderous Keith Olbermann and Cindy Sheehan pay for their thoughtless, belligerent comments about George Bush of course.

This comes down to whether or not the shock jocks with macho mouths have more standing in your eyes than a bright, assertive young woman who has been maliciously verbally assaulted and you want to support the guy who did it.

You've blown this whole thing out of proportion, as is usual with racial issues. A radio personality made insulting comments and you want not only for him to lose his job, but to be sued as well.

If I called you a worthless piece of shit, would it destroy your future, ruin your personal relationships, your career? No, at most it would hurt your feelings. Are you truly willing to set that standard, that everyone can be sued for saying something inappropriate?


There is no constitutional ... (Below threshold)

There is no constitutional grounds to sue comedy or satire since the U.S. Supreme Court decision that widened free speech protections for such humor content since the case involving rev. Jerry Falwell and HUSTLER Magazine. Further it was obvious that the comments of Imus were "over the top" and not meant as serious, simply pure comedy content, and this particular plaintiff was not specifically named, so no legal grounds exist to support this lawsuit. It will see a quick dismissal by a judge.

So...let me get this straig... (Below threshold)
Arty:

So...let me get this straight. A Rutger player is going to sue Imus for slander and denigration, AFTER he apologized and AFTER the team accepted his apology?

Who is she going to sue next? BET?

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You know, in the summertime... (Below threshold)

You know, in the summertime my hair looks a lot like Don Kings, therefore, I could probably be called a "nappy-headed Ho". $20 million would see me in the salon for blowouts for life. Sweet!

Alrighty, then, "civil beha... (Below threshold)

Alrighty, then, "civil behavior", let us follow your logic through until somewhere past where you thought.

I assume, then, that you are firmly of the belief that this basketball player will shortly be suing all of the rappers and other musical artists who have made "thoughtless, beligerent remarks" about not only her, but black (oops, sorry, "African American") women as a whole? Or are you "pinning a badge of honor" on them because they "have more standing in your eyes"? I mean, this woman is obviously suing Imus on behalf of her team, so why can she also not sue musicians on behalf of her gender as a whole? Think how much money she could get out of them.

Oh. But right, this is not really about money, is it? It is about "her standing up for her own code of honor", right? Sorry, bucko, but if that were really the case, she would have sued Imus' happy little arse right after he said those comments. Instead, they held a tearful, touchy-feely conference, agreed that everyone grew from the situation, and moved on. Or, at least, moved on until she found out that Imus was getting a $20mil settlement. Funny how her lawsuit was filed shortly after that information became public... Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous, and all that.

Of course, in the same vein, I suppose you will be immediately supporting the lawsuits that should be (according to your logic) levied against all those people who have made derogatory insults against Mr. Bush, his genetic lineage, his intelligence, and his time in office? Or are you going to claim that those were just meant in fun, and therefor should not be taken seriously? Or do your viewpoints only protect young, black, females? Are you, perhaps, yet another indication of the "reverse racism" so prevalent in America these days?

The single thing that pisses me off the most about your comment is your concept of the "free market judicial system" - people like you, who believe in that kind of idiocy, are responsible for why America is as screwed up as it is now. The judicial system is not there for you to make money from. That was never its intent, and it should never have turned out that way. That it has is a sad state of affairs indeed, and one that is only furthering the decline of our society.

civil behavior, It... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior,

It also occurs to me that Rep. John Murtha has also publicly accused several U.S. Marines of first degree murder before a full investigation was complete. Now that three of them have been cleared, don't you think Murtha should be fired and then sued by these Marines?

This wasn't a misplaced, ill-thought, tongue in cheek statement, this was an accusation of murder.

In case you forgot what was said:

"There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood,"

What say you? Probably nothing since you only drive-by-post. Responding requires thought.

I never liked Imus that muc... (Below threshold)
LAB:

I never liked Imus that much, but what else could this be? He's got a brand new chunk of change and she wants a piece of it. Reputation, my butt. It's ONLY about the money, and she's experiencing cash jetlag.

What about that time a few ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

What about that time a few years ago when that collage student was expelled becuase he use the term WATER BUFFALO on some black women or that student in southern calfornia was expelled for wearing the T-shirt showing a mexican watching a sunset and reading IT DOSENT MATTER WHERE YOU GO AS LONG AS YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR GOING then there was ELIOT CHAMBERS expelled for wearing a STREIGHT PRIDE T-shirt and the other student who was told to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out in these cases the students won their court cases against the PC wackos

A) I'd be just as thrilled... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

A) I'd be just as thrilled to have the hip hoppers be brought to atone for their bellicose gruntings they call music as I would Rush and Hannity and Coulter. It's all sludge drug up from the bottom of the barrel. No intellectual stream of consciousness just barbs, gas and repitituus talking. For all of the above that's not music to my ears but then most of the rest of you might be tone deaf for all I know.

B) As for "those people who have made derogatory insults against Mr. Bush, his genetic lineage, his intelligence, and his time in office? Or are you going to claim that those were just meant in fun, and therefor should not be taken seriously?" I ask you to prove to me that any of the above assessments of a man who has pretty much singlehandedly destroyed the very basis of how this country has functioned for the past 200 years is to applauded for such incompetence much less not be a target of the anger of millions and millions of people who have had to live under his rule and we'll talk about deservedness of the comments bombarding "the decider"

C) as for drive by it's because unlike the rest of you who seem to linger around a computer all day I work for a living and I dont take the time away from my day's productivity to chit chat with idiots. I leave that for my off hours. It's great entertainment.

You know, "civil behavior",... (Below threshold)

You know, "civil behavior", I was honestly going to try and answer your post, but your remarkable lack of any manner of grammatical structure has left me completely lost as to what you were trying to say.

If you want to try and clear it up, go right ahead. However, at the moment, your last "paragraph" is so immensely humorous in its hypocrisy, I am about to sprain my diaphragm.

civil behavior:Wha... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

civil behavior:

What do you think about Murtha. That's what I asked.

I ask you to prove to me that any of the above assessments of a man who has pretty much singlehandedly destroyed the very basis of how this country has functioned

That's not how it goes my friend. Those who make the accusations supply the proof. They haven't, neither have you. If they were to be brought to court on this, they'd lose because they're basing their rants on opinion.

So are you.

I can only imagine what the... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I can only imagine what the wizzers would say were someone to refer to Condoleezza Rice as the "nappy headed" "HO" Secretary of Defense? What's the difference?

oops - Secretary of State.<... (Below threshold)
JFO:

oops - Secretary of State.

JFO, actually your question... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

JFO, actually your question is stupid. First, because the Left has repeatedly made derogatory remarks about Rice including racist ones. Second, because we'd still call it free speech.

Do try to grow up.

What's the difference JFO? ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

What's the difference JFO? Probably the fact that no one did.

And your take on I... (Below threshold)
And your take on Imus getting millions after being fired for cause is?

He had a contract with CBS and they broke it. He's getting much less than they contractually owed him.

As for Condi Rice, Opie & Anthony might be able to address that one...

By the way, searching Wizba... (Below threshold)

By the way, searching Wizbang for "Opie and Anthony" is fun. Kevin's crystal ball could use a good polishing! ;)

JFO:And your t... (Below threshold)
marc:

JFO:

And your take on Imus getting millions after being fired for cause is?

You're such a fool.

My take is Imus got half of the 40 mil owed to him. His contract called for him to be notified in writing before any action was taken to removed him.

That never happened as evidenced by a settlement reached out of court. Whether he was fired "for cause" is a separate issue.

For the record he shouldn't have been fired at all. It's all OC BS driven by race mongers like Sharpton and others.

By the way, searching Wi... (Below threshold)
James:

By the way, searching Wizbang for "Opie and Anthony" is fun. Kevin's crystal ball could use a good polishing! ;)

I'm not so sure about that... sounds like he nailed it to me.


They were the #2 show at Infinity and afternoon drive anchor in NYC, Philly, Boston, and DC before they got canned. Given the current regulatory climate none of the major radio conglomerates are going to touch these guys.

With FCC fines increasing to a maximum of $3 million a day for multiple infractions Opie and Anthony have as good a chance of landing a decent radio gig as you or I do. Sure they could go to satellite radio (assuming either company wants them), but they're not going to be bringing legions of fans with them.

This comment by her lawyer ... (Below threshold)
marc:

This comment by her lawyer is HI-larious!

"Don Imus referred to my client as an unchaste woman. That was and is a lie..."

Setting aside for the moment she was never mentioned by name...

If that isn't an opening for an "industrious" lawyer to search out any possible paramours lurking in her past nothing is.

Bet her lawyer who is looking at a very large slice of the pie has never told her of that possibility.

With FCC fines inc... (Below threshold)
With FCC fines increasing to a maximum of $3 million a day for multiple infractions Opie and Anthony have as good a chance of landing a decent radio gig as you or I do.

Welcome to 2007. They're on K-Rock in NYC and are syndicated to 25 other cities, as well as being simulcast on XM and DirecTV. That sounds fairly decent to me.

You do a nice job of defend... (Below threshold)
JFO:

You do a nice job of defending your racist buddies SPQR.
Do try to be honest once in a while.

I think we should all sue c... (Below threshold)

I think we should all sue civil behavior for impugning our character, calling us names and just generally slinging "sludge" around.

What a hypocrite.

Mah feelins are hurt. Where's mah lawyer?

Make it a class action suit... (Below threshold)
marc:

Make it a class action suit Oyster - then add freedomFRIED, sen. Reid and a few others to it.

JFO, defending my racist bu... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

JFO, defending my racist buddies? What kind of incoherent statement is that? It is impossible to figure out what the heck you think you are talking about. Nothing of what I've written in this thread is a defense of any racist, buddy of mine or otherwise. Your comments are really bizarre.

Hey Oyster,Can I g... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Hey Oyster,

Can I get in on this hawt lawsuit action? My feelings are hurt and only ill-gotten cash will ease my pain.

Heralder,Me: "a ma... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Heralder,

Me: "a man who has pretty much singlehandedly destroyed the very basis of how this country has functioned for the past 200 years"

You: "Those who make the accusations supply the proof. They haven't, neither have you"

The surge is working.......Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.


We're making progress.........Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report

The economy is good, unemployment is low .......Sales of existing homes fell in 41 states during the April-June quarter while home prices were down in one-third of the metropolitan areas surveyed, a real estate trade group reported Wednesday.
The new figures from the National Association of Realtors underscored the severity of the current housing slump, the worst downturn in 16 years.

Real growth........Wall Street tumbled again Wednesday after the Federal Reserve added more cash to the banking system but failed to quash investors' jitters about problems in lending. By late in the day, investors saw little reason to buy beyond the fact that stocks are at bargain prices right now, and the Dow closed down nearly 170 points. The Standard & Poor's 500 index also dropped sharply, and is now down for the year.

Obviously you don't read about what's going on out here in the big wide world. Here's your proof pretty boy.

Hey CB,How do you ... (Below threshold)

Hey CB,

How do you people keep from walking into traffic ? I swear, even knowing that half the s**t you puke up is lies and the other half is spin, I still want to eat my Glock just knowing that sick, self-hating f**cks like you are out there waiting to pee on Americas' parade whenever it doesn't suit your talking points to accept the reality of how great we really are.

Oh, and I was just joshin', I'd never waste any amo on myself when it'll come in much handier when the killers you encourage finally step out from under their burqas and start the war up for real, right here at home.

Apparently Imus was right i... (Below threshold)
914:

Apparently Imus was right in calling a spade a spade..

Geez, I don't come back for... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Geez, I don't come back for the night and I miss an actual response from civil behavior.

Well, let's see, my twice asked question about Murtha has been studiously avoided, which I take to mean: you think he should be fired and sued. I'm glad we agree on that. If you are ever afraid to answer something in the future, don't worry, I'll answer for you by means of deduction.

As far as your proof, no offense, but I don't take what you say at face value. If you click that little 'url' button you can insert links to all sorts of non-partisan sources to back up your information where needed.

A few pointers:

The surge is working..etc.

I have further bad news, our law enforcement isn't working either. Yesterday there were numerous crimes and murders.
Fighting criminals just doesn't work, we should give up.

We're making progress...etc.

Where's the report? I'm sure in the report it's going to tell me where Bush single-handedly destroyed our country too?

~Regarding your last two temporary and circumstantial "examples", things flucuate. Always have, always will.

You citing them is proof of nothing but your failure to argue a point.

Sincerely,

Pretty boy.

It would be plainly obvious... (Below threshold)

It would be plainly obvious to any lawyer with a day of experience that there could be no defamation where (a) the object of the alleged libel is not identified, and (b) the comment from Imus was quite apparently an "opinion," which is not actionable.

It would also be plainly obvious that a lawyer who takes a lawsuit such as this -- and quite likely on a contingency basis -- is interested in more than "principles."

As for the issue of Imus being fired "for cause," I find that quite ridiculous. Imus'es shtick hasn't changed in a decade or more, and each time he and McGuirk said something outrageous, his bosses shrugged and let him continue. Then one day they decide to apply a different standard, once Al "the Moralist" Sharpton huffs and puffs. A labor arbitrator would laugh at the claim that there was "cause"to fire Imus. They fired him because a bunch of sponsors put economic pressure on them. He simply made sure they didn't transfer the economic loss to him.

I wonder if she has any bas... (Below threshold)
alex:

I wonder if she has any bastard kids. It would make her whore. But I think she should sue Imus anyway. She was about to marry Prince Harry and now the wedding is off.




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