The same day that Don Imus settled his breach of contract lawsuit with CBS, he was slapped with a lawsuit by a member of the Rutgers women's basketball team. Initial reports yesterday put Don Imus' settlement figures with CBS as high as $20 million, but reports today say that figure is actually much lower. In addition to the settlement, The Post says the two sides agreed to a "non-disparaging" clause, forbidding the sides from criticizing the other. The Daily News talked to industry insiders who believe Imus' settlement was in the $10 million range.
Imus had $40 million remaining on his contract when he was fired from his CBS morning talk radio show and was seeking as much as $120 million in unpaid salary and damages. The next step for Imus could be a job at WABC radio, which Imus is reportedly most involved with in discussions. While WABC disputes that they are in talks with Imus, the Daily News says that if the station does add Imus, they may cut Ron Kuby, one of their current morning hosts.
The lawsuit against Imus by Kia Vaughn, a junior center from The Bronx, alleges that Imus, his former co-host Bernard McGuirk, CBS and CBS radio are responsible for damage done to her character and reputation. There's no monetary amount listed in the lawsuit, but Vaughn's attorney Richard Ancowitz said, "The full effect of the damage remains to be seen." The lawsuit alleges that Imus' comments were in the context of a news or sports report, so he had standards to abide by but ignored them and that Vaughn was humiliated, embarrassed and publicly mocked for the comments. It's believed that this is the first suit from a member of the Rutgers women's basketball team.