Woman sues Howard Stern over not dirty talk but tax talk
February 16, 2017
Howard Stern is in hot water once again, but this time it has nothing to do with indecency or any sort of dirty talk, the thing the shock jock usually gets in trouble for.
A woman from Massachusetts has sued Stern, alleging he invaded her privacy and his show was negligent in broadcasting parts of a conversation she had with an IRS official two years ago.
Judith Barrigas called the IRS to get help with her taxes. Unbeknownst to her, the employee she spoke with, Jimmy Forsyth, had called into the “Howard Stern Show” on Sirius XM Radio before they began to talk.
Details broadcast to listeners
Somehow their call began playing on the “Stern” radio feed, exposing some personal information about Barrigas to listeners, many of whom called or texted her to let her know that she was unwittingly appearing on the show.
She filed her suit at the Massachusetts District Court in Boston.
Forsyth was eventually put on administrative leave. The IRS didn’t let Barrigas know about the phone call airing on Stern’s show until local media had reported on the story.
In court documents, Barrigas said the prank has impacted her attempts to find a job. She’s suing for compensatory and punitive damages and also names the IRS in the suit.
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