- Nashville (April 28, 2000) - Late night radio host Art
Bell took a significant step forward today in his two-year battle to vindicate
his reputation. After lengthy oral argument this morning, Judge Marietta
Shipley rejected attempts by local radio stations WWCR and WNQM and radio
host Ted Gunderson to dismiss Mr. Bell's lawsuit against them.
- Art Bell filed his defamation lawsuit in the Circuit
Court for Davidson County after Mr. Gunderson and David Hinkson accused
him of molesting children on a program aired worldwide on WWCR, a Nashville-based
short wave radio station. Citing the emotional harm that resulted from
the false charges, Mr. Bell announced on March 31, 2000 his retirement
from radio broadcasting.
- Art Bell's lead counsel, Gerard P. Fox of Los Angeles,
had the following statement:
- "When a person has been defamed, there is no putting
the genie entirely back in the bottle. However, the Court's ruling today
that Mr. Bell has provided sufficient evidence to allow the case to be
decided by a jury goes a long way toward restoring his reputation. This
day in Court has reaffirmed Mr. Bell's confidence in our judicial system."
- Additional information about Art Bell's lawsuit may be
obtained by calling Gerard P. Fox at (310) 229-9300 or Mr. Bell's Tennessee
lawyer, John Wood of Branham & Day, P.C., at (615) 742-4880.
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