A liberal radio host in New Orleans now stands accused of Tweeting anti-gay slurs to himself and then trying to sue his radio station for a “hate crime” and harassment over the posts.
On Wednesday, openly gay WWL radio host Seth Dunlap claimed he was planning to sue his station for a whopping $1.8 million because “someone” at the station used the company email system to send a homophobic tweet aimed at him, CBS News reported.
The station twitter account sent out a teaser for Dumlap’s show last month but, according to the host, “someone” at the station who had access to the station Twitter account replied to the show teaser saying, “That you’re a fag.”
The word “fag” has become a “gay slur” to many, and among gays the word has become nearly as bad and the n-word is for blacks. In keeping with that assumption, Dunlap insisted that a hate crime was perpetrated against him by “someone” at the station.
The radio station, though, decided to launch an in-depth investigation into who posted the Tweet and their evidence ended up pointing right back to the “victim,” Seth Dunlap himself.
As CBS reported:
WWL Radio, which is a CBS News Radio affiliate but is owned by Entercom, said in a statement it had investigated the tweet and decided to refer the matter to law enforcement officials. “WWL has completed its investigation into the highly offensive, unauthorized tweet sent from WWL’s Twitter account on September 10, which directed a homophobic slur at Seth Dunlap,” said WWL Radio in a statement.
“We determined that the most appropriate next step is to involve law enforcement. At this point, the investigation is in the hands of law enforcement and it is not appropriate for us to comment any further on the substance of our findings,” the statement continue.
As a result, a police investigation reportedly found that the homophobic slur was sent from Dunlap’s own cellphone.
The radio station has now accused Dunlap of trying to shake down the station for big money.
The station’s senior vice president Kevin Cassidy and attorneys for the station’s parent company, Entercom, are now exploring a counter suit charging Dunlap with extortion and filing a false hate crime report.
It looks like New Orleans now has its own, homegrown Jussie Smollett.
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