Arthur Kent, the former NBC newsman who achieved instant fame covering the Persian Gulf War, Wednesday dropped his $ 25 million breach of contract and defamation suit against NBC in exchange for an undisclosed cash settlement.
The “Scud Stud,” as Kent was termed during his stint reporting the Gulf War, was fired by NBC in August 1992 after he challenged an assignment from “Dateline NBC” and refused to report from Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
In 1992, Kent’s lawyers claimed that “no preparations or safety precautions had been made” for Kent’s Bosnia-Herzegovina assignment, and that the Peacock web had used the issue as a pretext to dismiss Kent. The suit had been scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles next month.
Wednesday, the network gave a different account of the events, claiming Kent was suspended and terminated as a “result of a contract dispute … not because of Mr. Kent’s refusal to travel to and report from the former Yugoslavia.”
According to an NBC insider, the web is in talks with Kent to have him return to the news division, possibly as a freelancer covering international news.