KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A federal jury has awarded $1 million to a suburban Kansas City woman falsely described by a radio station as a porn star.
The Kansas City Star reports Ashley Patton of Olathe, Kansas, sued the owner of 96.5 The Buzz after a DJ 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.
Patton had been 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 never involved in the pornography industry.