File this one under: “Karma is a beyotch”. WBLS-FM New York shock jock and the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” Wendy Williams, along with her husband/manager, Kevin Hunter have been named in a sexual harassment complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by former “Wendy Williams Experience” talent booker, Nicole Spence. In her graphically detailed complaint in which she accuses Hunter of openly propositioning her using the f-word and of Williams asking her to “dress like a sexy little “b**ch” allegedly to please Williams’ husband, Spence also accuses the black-owned Inner City Broadcasting, parent company of WBLS, of retaliation and of allowing, if not creating, a hostile work environment.
Hunter is not an employee of the station nor its parent company Inner City Broadcasting.
When asked by the New York Post about the charges, Williams stated, “Her allegations are totally false. This bitch [Spence] is out of her mind.”
I used to be a listener of the “Wendy Williams Experience”. I found Williams’ brand of over-the-top nonsense — gossip served with an unhealthy dose of vitriol — somewhat amusing — a diversion of the worst kind. At times, I found myself screaming at the radio angry about her lack of professionalism, especially her treatment of the show’s unpaid interns, many working for school credit and much desired real world experience, who she allowed to be called “donkeys” by her co-host, Charlamagne tha God. (Full disclosure: I had a student who was an intern for Williams’ show. You thought this poor soul was a participant in the witness protection program. Although she gave few details about her experience with Williams, what she didn’t say, spoke volumes.).
Despite, her reprehensible behavior, for some reason, I still listened and continued to scream screams that only I could hear. I screamed when Williams’ allowed her clearly inebriated husband to speak on the air where he exhibited the self-styled angry rants of a want-to-be thug.
And I still listened when Williams, in clear violation of all things ethical and perhaps a law or two, revealed the cancer diagnosis of the wife of rapper Method Man. His wife, who was currently undergoing chemotherapy, had yet to inform her family of her condition.
But sometimes enough is enough and too much is too much.
The last straw for me happened during the holiday season over a year ago when Williams was asked by a fan to tell the fan’s 12-year-old daughter that there was no Santa Claus. Williams gleefully obliged calling the little girl, also a fan of the show, to tell her. (I know what parent in their right mind would allow his/her child to listen to such a broadcast?) Williams approach was heavy-handed and mean spirited. By the end of the conversation, the child was crying completely humiliated by the experience.
I could go on and on about Williams but my hands aren’t clean either. Why did I continue to listen to this woman. Why did I continue to be part of the problem — encouraging her brand of base public (and now possibly private) behavior? Right now, I can’t begin to tell you. But I do feel a deep sense of shame about my own actions or lack thereof.
And about Spence’s complaint. I believe her 100 percent and support her efforts to get justice and vindication not only for herself but for all those who came before her and who were too afraid to speak out.
And to Spence, I offer my deepest apologies for not doing what I could to make your work environment better by turning off the radio sooner and filing a complaint of my own.
According to the New York Daily News, other WBLS employees are coming forward thus giving credence to Spence’s accusations.
“Since we filed the complaint to support Nicole’s claims,” said Karen Webber, a partner in the prestigious law firm Thompson, Wigdor & Gilly, which is preparing a federal lawsuit on Spence’s behalf. “They say he often called women bitches and used alcohol, and they describe his violent outbursts against Ms. Williams.” Other women say they were victimized as well.”
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Update #2…And there is more….
On Wednesday, June 11, Nicole Spencer filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in federal court naming Williams, Hunter and Inner City Broadcasting as defendants. Spence, who is seeking $5 million in damages and who continues to work for the station, also alleges that Hunter tried to orchestrate a hit on New York DJ Tarsha Jones, a.k.a Miss Jones of the popular morning drive show on Hot 97 because, he believed, Jones made disparaging remarks about Williams.