Woman awarded $1,000,000 for false accusations of being porn star

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — A suburban Kansas City woman has been awarded $1 million in damages after a metro radio station falsely identified her as a porn star.

The Kansas City Star reports Ashley Patton of Olathe, Kansas, sued the owner of 96.5 The Buzz radio station after one of its DJs identified her on an April 2012 morning show as a porn star.

Both sides agreed that Patton was not and never had been involved in the pornography industry.

A weeklong federal trial ended Friday with jurors awarding Patton $250,000 in actual damages and $750,000 in punitive damages. The station issued a statement saying it was “very disappointed” in the outcome but will abide by the verdict.

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 she was never involved in the pornography industry.

To view a transcript of the case, click here.

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