Olathe woman awarded $250,000 from radio station

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City woman has been awarded $250,000 in damages after a metro radio station falsely identified her as a porn star, and there was a chance she could get more.

The Kansas City Star reports Ashley Patton of Olathe, Kansas, sued the owner of 96.5 The Buzz radio station after one of its DJs identified her on an April 2012 morning show as a porn star.

A weeklong federal trial ended Friday with jurors awarding Patton $250,000 in actual damages and $750,000 in punitive damages. Her lawyer says the company agreed while the jury was deliberating that the verdict won’t be appealed.

She was added to a list of names the station posted on its website, which also had a link to the podcast of the show.

Both sides agreed that Patton was not and never had been involved in the pornography industry.

The federal jury that awarded her damages was deliberating Friday afternoon on how much to assess in punitive damages.


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