New York Hip-Hop DJ Fired Over Remarks
By ELIZABETH LeSURE
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK The co-host of a syndicated morning radio show was fired Wednesday for making racial and sexual remarks on the air about a rival's wife and 4-year-old daughter.
Troi Torain, known as Star on the "Star & Buc Wild Morning Show" on Power 105 FM, lost his job after protests by a City Council member and other elected officials.
His remarks about DJ Envy, a DJ for rival hip-hop station Hot 97, and his family included "I will come for your kids" and a desire to "do an R. Kelly ... on your little baby girl."
Videotapes in 2002 showed a man resembling singer R. Kelly having sex with someone who appeared to be an underage girl, then urinating on her.
Torain's comments, made between May 3 and Monday, also included an offer of $500 to any listener who could provide information about the rival DJ's daughter's school, and used racial slurs when talking about his wife, who is part Asian.
Torain, through his manager, Wyatt Cheek, declined to comment.
Councilman John Liu and DJ Envy's wife, Gia Casey, appeared at City Hall on Wednesday to denounce Torain's remarks.
"He threatened to molest my little baby girl," Casey said.
The station's owner, Clear Channel, said it found Torain's statements "wholly unacceptable."
The show airs in markets including Philadelphia, Miami and Richmond, Va. Clear Channel is a unit of Clear Channel Communications Inc.
May 11, 2006 - 7:17 a.m. EDT
DJ arrested after threatening child on air
Fri May 12, 2006 7:47pm ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York hip-hop disc jockey was arrested on Friday for endangering the welfare of a child, two days after he was fired for racist and sexually threatening comments about a rival's wife and 4-year-old daughter.
Prosecutors and police said Troi Torain, who goes by the name DJ Star, had surrendered and been arrested by detectives from the Hate Crimes Unit. He was also ordered to surrender his gun license and a handgun.
Torain, 42, was fired by Clear Channel Radio's Power 105.1 station on Wednesday for what Clear Channel said were "wholly unacceptable" comments.
The remarks were made in several broadcasts since May 3. Torain used racial slurs about Gia Casey, the part-Asian wife of a disc jockey at another radio station, Raashaun Casey, known as DJ Envy, who works for Hot 97.
He also offered listeners $500 for information on the whereabouts of the couple's child and implied he wanted to sexually abuse and urinate on the child.
Benjamin Brafman, Torain's lawyer, said his client had been charged with aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors that could potentially incur a maximum sentence of a year in jail if he is convicted.
Brafman said Torain had apologized for the comments but said they were the culmination of a long-running verbal battle that had "spiralled out of control."
"For days prior to the statements attributed to DJ Star, DJs at Hot 97 were threatening him, taunting him and making offensive remarks about members of his family, even going so far as calling his mother a prostitute," Brafman told Reuters.
"In a moment of frustration and annoyance he obviously said things that are inappropriate," Brafman said, adding that Torain never intended to actually harm anybody.
"It's my expectation that when cooler heads prevail and all of the facts are looked at by the District Attorney's office, a decision will be made to dismiss charges," he said.
A spokesman for Hot 97 declined to make any comment on the case or to respond to Brafman's charge that DJs there had made threatening comments to Torain in recent weeks.
Clear Channel Radio said the case was now a matter for New York law enforcement authorities and declined to expand on its statement on Wednesday when it announced Torain had been fired.
"We sincerely apologize to those who may have been offended by his remarks," Rob Williams of Clear Channel said in Wednesday's statement. Three other staff members who worked with Torain on the "Star & Buc Wild Morning Show" have also been dismissed, Clear Channel said.