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Dj Star Loses Lawsuit Against Councilman
Posted on: May 26, 2008 10:41 MST
Filed under: Celebs

Dj Star

Controversial New York radio personality, Dj Star, of Star & Bucwild fame, has lost a lawsuit he filed against New York City councilman John Liu for defamation of character.

The lawsuit stemmed after Star, real name Troi Toraine, was briefly charged with child endangerment and fired from New York's Power 105.1 after making sexually charged comments towards Hot 97.1's Dj Envy's daughter and offering listeners $500 for information about the child's school. Torain also used a racial slur to describe Envy's wife, who is part Asian.

Toraine then filed suit against John Liu after he called him a "sick, pedophile" claiming defamation of character. The suit was thrown out causing Torain to appeal the ruling.

The  federal appeals court says the councilman did not defame the dj noting that under New York and federal law, expressions of pure opinion rather than statements of fact are protected by the Constitution.

The appeals court said a reasonable listener of the statements could not have believed that they were intended to convey objective facts in the context they were made. 

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