Rutgers Player Sues Imus Over Insults

Fired radio host hit with libel, slander, defamation charges
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2007 7:16 AM CDT
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(Newser) – One of the Rutgers basketball players radio host Don Imus referred to as "nappy-headed hos" is suing the shock jock for libel, slander, defamation, and violation of her civil rights, among other charges. Kia Vaughn, 20, the Scarlet Knights' star center, is seeking unspecified monetary damages from the 67-year-old radio personality and affiliated companies including NBC, CBS, and Viacom.

The suit contends the terms "nappy-headed" and "ho," used by Imus to refer to the team in April, are "debasing, demeaning, humiliating, and denigrating," reports ABC News. "Don Imus referred to my client as an unchaste woman," said Vaughn's lawyer. "That was and is a lie." He said the timing is unrelated to the settlement of Imus' suit against CBS.