Friday, July 28, 2006

Guess Whose Bizzack?

Chalk it up to free speech.

Charges to Be Dismissed Against D.J. Who Threatened Child
Published: July 28, 2006

The furor entangled two of the city’s best-known hip-hop radio disc jockeys. On the air, one threatened to sexually abuse his rival’s 4-year-old daughter, and then offered a $500 bounty to any listener who could point him to the child’s school.

The D.J. who made the threat, Troi Torain, 42, known as D.J. Star, was soon arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison.

But yesterday, prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office said the charge against Mr. Torain would be dismissed in six months if he performed three days of community service and complied with an order of protection that bans contact or communication with the child or her parents.

Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said prosecutors took the action “because it spares the 4-year-old victim from any further attention or exposure.”

In a telephone interview yesterday, Mr. Torain welcomed the decision. “This was the biggest story in regards to freedom of speech in quite some time,” he said.

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Marc Lamont Hill said...

he'll probably make it back on the radio by the fall. unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you think about it, he'll likely be on satellite radio. even he admits that this is not the best move for a person's career.

on another note, as much as i advocated his firing (and still do!), i must admit that radio is pretty boring without him.

Brother Spotless said...

Doesn't suprise me at all. The point was made that making those remarks were wrong. He deserved to be fired, and the arrest was about as far as it should have gone.

However, people today aren't entertained unless they are shocked, and Starr definitely brought shock value to his listeners. He will undoubtedly find wealth with his future endeavors because of this event. That is a sad reflection on our society, but a reflection that I have successfully numbed to.