Howard Stern Wins 2017 Lawsuit Over Airing of Taxpayer Call

Back in February 2017, Judith Barrigas filed a lawsuit which put Howard Stern and the U.S. government in the odd position of having to defend a leak of tax information.

Judith Barrigas was suing the United States of America, Howard Stern and the Howard Stern Production Company on grounds of unlawful invasion of privacy and negligence, among other things.

That day, I.R.S. agent Jimmy Forsythe called up The Howard Stern Show, presumably to be a guest. He was put on hold. So Forsythe got back to work and spoke to Barrigas, who had a problem with her taxes. When Stern was ready for Forsythe and put him on air, he was in the midst of a conversation with Barrigas.

“Jimmy, go ahead,” said Stern that day. “You’re on the air in Long Island…Jimmy?”

“$71 due on the 20th,” said Forsyth.

“Jimmy, you’re on the f***ing air,” exclaimed Stern.

“What is he doing?” asked Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers. “Making a transaction?”

The I.R.S. agent continued to talk to Judith for several minutes without being aware that Stern, Quivers and their audience were listening in and making fun of what was being said. “It sounds like a raw deal,” said Stern at one point, and when Forsyth finally finished with Barrigas and checked in on his other line, he heard Stern comment, “Dude, we just heard your whole transaction. What’s going on, man? You got the most boring job, dude.”

In response to the lawsuit, the U.S. government argued it had sovereign immunity under the “tax exception” to the Federal Tort Claims Act. Meaning, that it couldn’t be held liable for actions, even wrongful ones, made by a federal government employee while acting within the scope of employment.

A Massachusetts federal judge has ruled that a private call between an I.R.S. agent and taxpayer Judith Barrigas that was broadcast on The Howard Stern Show was somehow related to the collection of taxes and also wasn’t “sufficiently personal or intimate in nature.”

The judge says the disclosed tax information was “imprecise and only roughly identifiable with a particular individual.”

Judith Barrigas’ name, social security number, address and other identifying information weren’t disclosed. Nor did Stern’s audience hear the sound of her voice. The only thing that might possibly identify her was disclosure of her telephone number, which was publicly listed.

The judge concludes, “There may be circumstances in which the publication of tax-related information does constitute an invasion of privacy under Massachusetts law, but for the reasons stated above, the level of the intrusion was significantly diminished here.”

Alex Jones Accused of Grooming Former Employee for Gay Sex

Two former employees at have accused founder and radio host Alex Jones, who was a guest on The Howard Stern Show in 2013, of discrimination and sexual harassment, the Daily Mail reports.

Rob Jacobson, a former video editor who worked for for 13 years, alleges his co-workers and managers called him “The Jewish Individual” and “The Resident Jew,” and that Jones regularly humiliated and belittled him. Jones allegedly called Rob Jacobson “Beefcake” and was grooming him for gay sex.

‘Alex was walking by and it was a “look what I’ve found” moment, I invited him to check it out.

‘But when I clicked on this picture to see the full resolution image, a gay porn website popped up, it was a click-bait picture.

‘I was shocked and embarrassed but Alex knew what had happened so I quickly clicked off, but he instantly jumped on it and called me “Beefcake”.

‘That afternoon he continued calling me Beefcake, the next day it was Beefcake, I thought it would maybe go away, like sort of childish behavior, office banter, but it didn’t.’

In the EEOC report, Jacobson writes of the incident: ‘From 2008-2012, Alex Jones called me Beefcake, referring to male porn stars,’ Jacobson said. ‘I felt like this was intimidating and harassing and a form of sexual harassment in that he was grooming me for homosexual sex.’

On one occasion, Jones allowed a friend to display gay porn on Jacobson’s computer, according to the EEOC report.

‘In 2014, The CEO of the company, Alex Jones, allowed his friend Shane Steiner into my office to display on my computer with images of gay pornography,’ Jacobson said, adding that he made a formal complaint to the human resources department.

He continued: ‘I believe this action was a continuation of the intimidation and sexual harassment in that he was grooming me for homosexual sex.’

The Daily Mail reports, “The abuse got so bad that one member of staff photoshopped Jacobson’s face on to the image of an Orthodox Jew under the words ‘THE JEWISH INDIVIDUAL DEMANDS YOUR HOT TOPICS’ and printed it out for all to see.”

Rob Jacobson who was fired in 2017, is planning to sue Alex Jones for discrimination, harassment, and unfair dismissal, in addition to his EEOC complaint.

Alex Jones responded to the allegations on his radio show, stating “it never happened.”

SiriusXM Bringing Back HowardTV Style Video Service

SiriusXM has committed to launching a Howard Stern video service similar to HowardTV. The possibility of an on-demand video service has been a subject of much discussion ever since HowardTV was closed. SiriusXM will draw on 30 years of Stern interviews for Howard Stern video service starting this summer.

In its most recent quarterly conference call SiriusXM CEO James Meyer used the anticipated launch of a new and redesigned app for SiriusXM to segway into discussion of video offerings, which led to much awaited news about Howard Stern video.

“With the new app in the marketplace, our plan is to launch video, first with Howard Stern in the second quarter and then follow-up later in ’18 with additional short-form content from around the SiriusXM bundle. Let me be clear, we are waiting into the video pool, not diving headfirst. Our approach to video is just one part of our non-stop effort to add value to the SiriusXM experience, and that always starts with our content.”

“I know our Howard customers absolutely are going to want Howard video. I don’t even need to do the research. Howard customers want one thing: more Howard.” – James E. Meyer Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM.

If SiriusXM can establish a solid video offering to their current customer base and attract some new customers with it, eventually SiriusXM Video could be a stand-alone product.

The video product will be part of SiriusXM All Access, which at $20.99 a month is about a $5 premium over the regular service. With a wide variety of compelling stations, a massive number of partnerships with car manufacturers, and a smart business plan, SiriusXM has become one of the most successful entertainment companies.

Artie Lange Beaten In New Jersey Jail With A Pipe By Five Guys

Artie Lange made his return to The Anthony and Artie Show this week, where he recounted how he was brutally beaten in a New Jersey jail by a pipe. Adam Carolla commented on the story below:

Artie told Anthony Cumia that a guard was “mad” at him, and made the decision to put him in the general population sector.

“They get five guys who hold me down, and this kid is beating me with a pipe in my lower back,” Lange claimed. “He had a technique where they brought it back up so they didn’t kill you. For two days this happened.”

“My back is killing. I was laying in piss while I was getting beat with a pipe. They gave me no insulin — my sugar was 680. You’re dead when it hits 650,” Artie who is a diabetic said.

Artie eventually made his way to the infirmary. But the guards allegedly told him he would have to go back to the general population until they could find a cell.

“So I said shave my head because they kept grabbing me by the head. I was in like a cage. They would grab me by the hair to pull me out to beat me with a fucking pipe. So I said if I have no hair, they can’t do that. I look like a fat whale.”

Former Gay Porn Star “Joseph Sciambra” on the Stern Show

Joseph Sciambra, a former gay porn star was interviewed by Howard Stern about his journey into the darkest core of the gay underworld in San Francisco.

Joseph, who left the gay scene after a dramatic reconversion to the Catholic faith, says his quest for love and acceptance through sex began with pornography. At the age of eight, he one day naively flipped through a porn magazine left out by an older brother. This was followed by more graphic porn magazines. Then came masturbation and the urge to act out with others what he saw in the magazines.

Joseph admits that he still struggles with attraction to other men and with temptations to masturbate, but he says he has come to know that the love, acceptance, and peace he so ardently sought in sex with other men, Jesus now gives to him in abundance through a spiritual life.

For Joseph, same-sex attraction is a cross that God has asked certain people to bear for the redemption of the world. Now running a Catholic religious shop in Napa, California, Joseph says that there is genuine joy in carrying the cross. By uniting his sufferings with those of the suffering Jesus, Joseph believes he is helping to save his gay friends from a devilish fate he barely escaped.

According to Joseph, many gay men have come to him, telling him of their unhappiness and their own similar experiences in the gay lifestyle. Joseph says he will speak first of his love for them. Then he will speak of how his encounter with and acceptance of God’s love saved him from being “swallowed by Satan.” He will tell them that gay sexual ecstasy is momentary and delusional, but God’s love is enduring, satisfying, and as real as it gets.

TRUMP BOOK ‘FIRE AND FURY’ REVELATION: Trump told Melania that he would not win the election

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House was written by Journalist Michael Wolff after he allegedly spoke with more than 200 individuals in President Trump’s inner circle.

Fire and Fury documents the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. CNN got excerpts of the book – in which Trump’s former senior strategist Steve Bannon once called the President’s daughter Ivanka “dumb as a brick.”

Bannon, who left the White House to return to Breitbart News, didn’t respond to requests for comment but a source close to him reportedly did not deny the insult. Here are some of the excerpts from the book we found particularly interesting:

  1. Trump wondered what a golden shower was after hearing reports of the intelligence dossier that alleges that Russian security forces have compromising details about the president. “Having dispensed with Jeff Zucker, the president of the United States went on to speculate on what was involved with a golden shower,” Wolff writes.
  2. Trump didn’t want to win, and no one in his campaign thought he would win. “Well, it would only be a problem if we won,” ­former national security adviser Michael Flynn assured his friends about his decision to accept $45,000 for a speech in Russia. Trump reassured Melania that he would not win the election. On election night, when it became clear that he would win, “Melania was in tears—and not of joy.”
  3. Trump’s daughter Ivanka described Trump’s hair as a perfectly engineered hairdo that takes many steps to complete. “She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate—a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery—surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray,” the book says.
  4. Trump eats at McDonald’s so often out of paranoia and because he is a germaphobe. “Long afraid of being poisoned, he would say that one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s was that nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely prepared,” the book says.
  5. Trump would mention getting in bed with other women. “Trump liked to say that one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,” the book claims.
  6. As a candidate, Trump had no interest in learning about the Constitution, which he knew very little about. “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head,” said Sam Nunberg, a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

Trump responded to Bannon’s alleged statements curtly. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” President Trump wrote in a statement distributed by the White House. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Hulk Hogan Suing Bubba’s Former Co-host Matt “Spice Boy” Loyd

We have been covering the Hulk Hogan saga since the sex scandal broke back in 2013. In March of 2016, a jury awarded Hogan around $115 million in damages from Gawker Media for leaking the sex tape. Now, Hogan is back for more.

Hulk Hogan is suing Mike Calta also known as Cowhead who is the current morning host on Tamps 102.5 The Bone – Bubbas old station, Bubbas former co-host Matt Loyd also known as Spice Boy and Cox Radio.

The complaint against Cowhead and Spice Boy from Hogan was that both men were involved in a conspiracy to ruin Hogan’s reputation and to extort him as well as violating Florida’s Security of Communications Act. Calta and Loyd refused to answer the allegations from Hogan and have been ordered by the judge to respond within 20 days. Hogan is seeking unspecified damages claiming the tape ruined his 35-year professional wrestling career.

Howard Stern: Being President is “Very Detrimental to Donald Trump’s Mental Health”

Us Weekly interviewed Howard Stern at the North Shore Animal League America’s Annual Rescue.

They asked about the times Donald Trump was on the Stern show, where he made crude comments about women. Stern told Us Weekly, “The tapes are all out there, but you know, look, those interviews speak for themselves.”

“I’m glad the tapes are out there. Donald always came on the show as a guest and was entertaining. He wasn’t the president, it was a different kind of scene but yet what he says is relevant even to this day and it gets into whole other discussion – sexual harassment – but at that point, I never imagined that Donald would run for president.”

“I personally wish that he had never run. I told him that,” Stern said. “Because I actually think this is something that is going to be very detrimental to his mental health too. Because he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved, he wants people to cheer for him. I don’t think this is going to be a healthy experience for him.”

George Takei: I Regret Playing The ‘Naughty Gay Grandpa’ On The Howard Stern Show

George Takei is apologizing for discussing grabbing men in an interview with Howard Stern that took place just weeks before the “Star Trek” star was accused of groping an ex-model.

Takei, 80, appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” in October and was asked if he had ever grabbed anyone, and after a long pause, he did say he had grabbed men consensually, but not in a work or a power setting.

“Some people are kind of skittish, or maybe, um, uh, afraid, and you’re trying to persuade,” said Takei.

Stern even asked, jokingly, “Do we need to call the police?”

“Many have raised concern over a back-and-forth between Howard Stern and myself, where we joked about me touching men during my Star Trek days fifty years ago. Out of context, I agree that the joke was distasteful, and I’m very sorry he and I made fun out of a serious matter,” Takei wrote on Facebook.

“For decades, I have played the part of a ‘naughty gay grandpa’ when I visit Howard’s show, a caricature I now regret. But I want to be clear: I have never forced myself upon someone during a date.”

Singer Carnie Wilson Claims Howard Stern Fat-Shamed Her

Carnie Wilson was recently interviewed on The Talk. She spoke about her prior appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 1999, just nine weeks after she’d undergone gastric bypass surgery and recently getting engaged to her now-husband Rob Bonfiglio. While backstage, Bababooey motioned to her to step to a certain spot and wait for Stern to come out. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the spot she was stepping on was actually a scale.

“When I walked in, the producer, Gary, said, ‘Step over here and wait for Howard.’ Well, I didn’t know this, but I was stepping on a scale. And I looked up and in red, big numbers, 233 lbs. showed up on this thing. And I went, ‘Wait a minute?’ and I looked down, and all I could think was, ‘Howard, ready to shame me?’ They purposely did it,” Wilson said.

She says when she and her husband appeared on the show, Stern shamed her with comments like asking her husband why he would marry someone her size. “He loves to fat-shame,” Wilson said, “It’s a joke to him, but it wasn’t to me. It was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had.”

During her appearance on the show, Wilson kept her composure by reminding herself that she has the undying love and support of her husband, but admitted on The Talk that she was devastated afterwards.