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Jury: Guccione Jr. must pay $100,000 for Spin sex harassment

April 10, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ A jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who accused Spin magazine publisher Bob Guccione Jr. of turning the office into a hostile environment where sexual harassment ran rampant.

In its decision Wednesday, the U.S. District Court jury cleared Guccione of charges he discriminated against certain women and promoted those he considered attractive.

Stacy Bonner, 29, who left Spin in 1994, said she vindicated.

``What happened there to me and other women is now finally a matter of public record,″ the former editorial assistant said.

Witnesses testified during the lawsuit that Guccione allowed crude sexual jokes in the office, dated interns and invited at least one woman employee to edit a story naked in bed.

The jury, after deliberating six days, awarded Bonner $10,000 in back pay and $90,000 in damages.

Guccione’s father publishes Penthouse magazine.

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