Fired DJ Files Defamation Suit
Aug. 03, 2006
NEW YORK (AP) _ A former radio disc jockey fired after he threatened a rival's young daughter in sex-laced rants on the air filed a multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit on Wednesday against a city councilman who called the DJ a pedophile.
DJ Star, whose real name is Troi Torain, wants the councilman to pay for calling him a ``sick racist pedophile,'' a ``lunatic'' and a ``criminal,'' among other names, in public statements and on cable TV shows, according to his $55 million civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
New York City Councilman John C. Liu, who said he hadn't been served with papers but had read reporters' copies of the complaint, remained critical of Torain's comments.
``I hold myself accountable to the statements I've made,'' he said Wednesday. ``Any grown man who states in the most public of ways that they would like to have sex with, ejaculate on and urinate on the face of a little girl _ that in my book is a sick pedophile. I'm grateful that this person is now targeting me instead of little girls. Let's hope it stays that way.''
Last week, a Manhattan judge adjourned the case against Torain for six months, when endangering the welfare of a child and weapon possession charges will be dropped as long as he has stayed out of further trouble.
Torain was fired May 10 from WWPR-FM, or Power 105.1, after the incident.
``I don't know what Liu's agenda is, but enough's enough,'' Torain said in an interview with The Associated Press. ``He's not a judge. This has to be brought to a halt.''
Torain, 42, filed the lawsuit in federal court, rather than state court, because he lives in Pennsylvania while Liu, a Queens Democrat, lives in New York.