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Don Imus served a nappy headed lawsuit
By Stone Martindale
Aug 15, 2007, 18:20 GMT


A lawsuit has been filed against Don Imus for derogatory comments that cost
him
his job as a radio host in April, reports ABC News.


Kia Vaughn, star center for the Rutgers Women's Basketball team, has filed
a
lawsuit against Imus for libel, slander and defamation.

This is the first civil suit to be filed against the former radio host.
Vaughn
is asking for monetary damages of an unspecified amount.

"This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my
client, Kia Vaughn," said her attorney, Richard Ancowitz, exclusively to
the ABC
News Law & Justice Unit.

The suit goes after Imus individually, but it is filed against MSNBC, NBC
Universal, CBS Radio, CBS Corp., Viacom Inc., Westwood One Radio and Imus
producer Bernard McGuirk.

"Today's suit refers to terms used by Imus April 4 including referring to
women
on the team as "nappy headed" -- as "debasing, demeaning, humiliating, and
denigrating" to Vaughn and her fellow players."

"There's no way these bigoted remarks should have seen the light of day,"
Ancowitz told ABC News.

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

Violations of civil rights were cited in the suit as well.

ABC reports the use of "slanderous terms was intentional and motivated by
greed
and financial gain: In using insults against otherwise innocent people,
Imus
would get higher ratings, making more money for him and his employers."

Imus reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with CBS over his firing.

ABC News reports that Imus could be back to broadcasting as early as
January,
and is being courted by major media outlets.

According to ABC, Vaughn's lawyer said that some of the money from any
damages
awarded in the lawsuit "would be used to create a scholarship program to
study
the effects of bigoted and misogynistic speech on society."





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