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PLAINTIFF, A hip hop disc jockey, alleged, among other things, that defendant, a rival disc jockey at a competing radio station, had physically attacked and defamed her in retaliation for an interview in which her guest claimed that defendant had accepted bribes to play certain songs. The court denied defendant’s dismissal motion and combined plaintiff’s claims with others – against the radio station that employed defendant and that station’s corporate parent – contending that they were vicariously liable for defendant’s assault and negligent in hiring and supervising defendant. The court dismissed plaintiff’s cause of action for slander, finding that even if defendant had made certain allegedly insulting statements that can normally be understood to impute plaintiff’s chastity, the context of defendant’s alleged assault on plaintiff rendered those statements as hyperbole or epithets that are exempt from action as slander. Read full-text

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