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Ex-Klansman To Apologize on TV

May 11, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Viewers of Roy E. Frankhouser’s white supremacist cable program will get a surprising message at the end of the May 19 broadcast _ an on-air apology from the former Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan leader to a fair-housing activist he harassed out of the state.

The apology is part of a settlement Frankhouser, 60, reached with federal officials in a discrimination suit filed on behalf of Bonnie Jouhari, a former fair-housing specialist at the Reading-Berks Human Relations Council in Reading, Pa.

Jouhari was to join Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo and the Rev. Jesse Jackson at a press conference today to announce the settlement. The agreement also includes racial sensitivity training, 1,000 of community service and the display of a fair-housing poster outside Frankhouser’s home.

In January 1998, Jouhari was responsible for helping victims of housing discrimination file complaints when she says two men labeled her a ``race traitor,″ and harassed her to the point that she and her 16-year old daughter fled the state.

Their story was the subject of a television segment on CBS’ ″48 Hours.″

One man was charged with violating the Fair Housing Act by posting threats on a Web site he ran, including an animated picture of Jouhari’s office being blown up.

The site has since been removed from the Web under court order.

Jouhari’s complaint was the first Internet hate case HUD has pursued under the Fair Housing Act.

As part of the agreement, Frankhouser may never refer to Jouhari or her daughter on his television show and must stay at least 100 feet away from them for the rest of his life.

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