Galaxy Comm. settles suit for 1 million

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A woman, Athena Andrikopoulos, severely burned as a child will receive 1 million dollars to settle a suit she filed against Syracuse-based Galaxy Communications and two DJs who repeatedly ridiculed her scarred face during a four-hour broadcast, reported The AP. The settlement followed Andrikopoulos’ testimony Wednesday in an Albany court, where she recalled feeling devastated hearing the 2/15/06 on the “JR in the Morning" show on WRCZ-FM Pittsfield, MA, broadcast by J.R. Gach and Shawn Bolts. Bolts had seen Andrikopoulos working at her family-owned restaurant in suburban Albany the day before, the story said. They identified her on air as "Suzie Burns" and other offensive nicknames, and called her family’s restaurant the "genetic mutant diner," court papers said.


 


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