Power 105 DJ Free On Bail Following Arrest On Harassment Charges
By: NY1 News
NY1: Power 105 DJ Free On Bail Following Arrest On Harassment Charges
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Former Power 105 DJ Troi Torain is free on bail Saturday, after being charged with multiple criminal counts for allegedly threatening a rival DJ’s child on the air earlier this week.
Torain, better known as "Star" of the "Star and Buc Wild Morning Show," pleaded not guilty Friday night to harassment and child endangerment charges.
"Where does this kid go to school? I got $500 bucks for that information. Somebody e-mail me or give me a call. Just tell me where his kid goes to school,” Torain said on the air earlier this week. “Let's see who's really gully on the microphone. Five-hundred dollars in my pocket right now - I need to know the school where this DJ's kid goes to school.”
"If you didn't hear me, I said I would like to do an R. Kelly on your seed, on your little baby girl,” continued Torain, referring to singer R. Kelly, who has been accused of having sex with underage girls.
On Wednesday, Torain was fired by Clear Channel Communications, which owns Power 105, for threatening to molest the 4-year-old daughter of rival DJ Raashaun Casey. Casey goes by the name "DJ Envy" on radio station Hot 97.
Both Torain and Power 105's parent company issued an apology, but Casey's lawyer says that may not be enough.
"We are committed to make sure that the executives and the headquarters of Clear Channel in San Antonio, Texas hear the message loud and clear that we will never tolerate this in New York City or anywhere around the country where innocent children are commented about, threatened and suggested that they would have despicable sexual acts committed against them," said Casey's lawyer Ken Thompson.
"Offensive things have unfortunately been said by both sides at each other and it spiraled out of control. Star has apologized for the statements he made he never intended to cause anyone harm," said DJ Star’s attorney Benjamin Brafman.
Casey’s wife says she still fears for her child's safety, and she is worried that Torain will follow through on his threats.
“He threatened molestation. He put out an offer for their whereabouts. My entire family is worried sick,” Casey said during an appearance on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” Thursday. “I am a mother, I have two beautiful children, and every time that I look at them I have to worry about if they're going to be safe the next day."
The attorney who represents the Casey family is calling on Clear Channel Communications to be held accountable for Torain’s statements, adding the family has not yet ruled out filing a lawsuit in connection with the case.
Torain declined to comment on the incident through his manager, but his lawyer did issue an apology on his client’s behalf Thursday. The attorney added that Torain says Casey started the feud.
Torain could face a year behind bars if he's convicted.