Judge Won't Dismiss Love Field Guard's Defamation Suit Against Radio Host
Robinson's initial complaint "expressly denies" he's gay and says that when Smiley called him out on the air -- in a poem called, brilliantly, "Henry, Henry" -- his job performance went south: "Robinson was an exemplary worker and did not have any work related problems until after the radio transmission." Smiley's attorneys have been trying to get the case dismissed by insisting, look, the host didn't mean anything by it, he wasn't trying to defame the poor fella ... and ... um ... satire!
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that he ain't buying it. Regarding Smiley's outing a straight man on the radio, the judge writes that "at a minimum ... judicial caution requires the Court to acknowledge that the imputation of homosexuality might as a matter of fact expose a person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule." And regarding the satire defense -- which included a reference to a way-super-hilarious 11-year-old Observer piece that prompted a Texas Supreme Court ruling -- O'Connor says, Nunh-unh.