Ex-‘shock jock’ at Occidental College settles lawsuit

October 19, 2007

A former “shock jock” at

OccidentalCollege ’s Internet radio station has settled his defamation lawsuit against the college.


But an attorney for the college said Friday the school’s former student, Jason Antebi, 25, of Northridge only won a “nominal” payment from the settlement.


Antebi’s show on the college’s KOXY station was called “The Rant and Rave.” In a March 2004 radio show, Antebi insulted fellow members of the student council while using satirical names for them, including “Sam the Bearded Feminist,” and pretended to take Vicodin, according to a court brief he filed.


Days after that broadcast, the school stopped allowing him to do his show, according to the brief.


The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education came to Antebi’s defense in 2004. The next year, after he had graduated, he sued the school, accusing its administrators of violating his freedom-of-speech and due-process rights and of defaming him.


A judge dismissed his lawsuit, but Antebi appealed.


The California Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court allowed the defamation claim to proceed to trial, but both courts upheld the rejection of the free-speech claims, said Stuart Tochner, an attorney for the school.


Even though the courts found that his free-speech rights were not violated, Antebi said he is happy with the settlement.


“It was about freedom of speech, something that I hold very near and dear to my heart as someone who works in broadcasting,” he said.


“It was settled for a nominal sum,” Tochner said. “

Occidental College absolutely admitted no wrongdoing.”

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