Cosby-criticizing radio host cites personal, AFTRA violations
Tammy Bruce, a KFI radio host who was taken off the air July 10 after criticizing Bill and Camille Cosby during her talk-show, claims she was sexually harassed at the station, her union said Thursday.
A representative of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, Kristen Harper, said the union has filed several grievances on Bruce’s behalf, alleging “violations of both the AFTRA contract and Ms. Bruce’s personal services contract.”
Harper said the union is investigating a number of issues related to Bruce’s employment, including “disparate treatment based on gender and sexual orientation” and “retaliation for filing sexual harassment complaints.”
In addition, Bruce’s attorney, Patricia Bellasalma, has filed discrimination charges on her behalf with the Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing.
The station has decided not to renew Bruce’s contract, which expires in November. She remains on salary until then.
Howard Neal, KFI’s general manager, said Thursday he had no comment on Bruce’s allegations. “I have no knowledge, other than hearsay, about any of that,” he said.
The 36-year-old radio host caused an uproar when she attacked the Cosbys in a latenight show July 8. After the entertainer threatened to sue the station, KFI broadcast an apology and retraction on several occasions.
But Bruce claims she was fired in part because she had filed a sexual harassment complaint earlier in the day on July 8. Bruce was not available for comment Thursday because, the union said, she is “under a gag order” from the radio station until her contract expires.