New York Radio Star Hit With $5 Million Sexual Harassment Suit
Tales of “booze, brawls, babes and anything goes frat house like atmosphere”
July 19, 2018
By Rex D. Cain
Joe Benigno of WFAN Radio. Photo: Twitter
(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – It’s an opening to a news story like only the New York Daily News (or a British tabloid) can do justice to. Props go to Janon Fisher of NYDN for this one:
“Booze, brawls and babes fueled an “anything goes” frat house atmosphere at WFAN, where silver-haired host Joe Benigno bragged about threesomes with prostitutes and his wife, according to a bombshell sexual harassment lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Ex-sales executive Lauren Lockwood, 40, who filed the $5 million suit in Brooklyn Civil Court, says she brought in top clients and millions in sales, all the while being subjected to a bro culture full of sexual innuendo, leering co-workers and creepy back rubs.”
Now there’s a story opening for you. We see a movie script in the making.
Joe Benigno, 64, who does the 10 am to 1 pm shift on Sports Radio WFAN (owned by CBS Radio at the time) is a sports radio jock known to millions in and around the Big Apple and up and down the east coast. He’s been at the powerhouse sports station for 24 years.
The now ex-sales exec Lockwood (who was fired after a fistfight broke out in July 2017, during a viewing of the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight at the Barclays Center) claims:
~ Big Joe would do things like stop by her desk, “rub her back and whisper in her ear about his sexual acrobatics, according to the suit. Benigno shared not-safe-for-work photos of his naked wife with a prostitute and invited her to join the couple for a menage a trois, she said in the suit.”
~ Alleges Joe also compared the bodies of other women in the office and carried on a two-year affair with a sales assistant.
~ Alleges the place was out of control with booze and boozers and that, “Whiskey, beer and tequila flowed freely at the station, and liquor tabs would climb to $4,000 when ad execs wooed clients.”
~ Claims CBS Sports Radio, which oversaw WFAN at the time, “allowed salesmen to ply clients with liquor and take them strip clubs to court their business”, and that “company (credit) cards were used to fund the parties that sometimes caused co-workers to come into work “drunk and smelling of alcohol,” according to the complaint.”
~ Claims one salesman “admitted to paying for two prostitutes (cost $1,300) which he put on his own credit card and was seeking reimbursement.”
The report says CBS Sports Radio and WFAN were bought by Entercom last year and that a message left with the company spokesman was not returned.
Benigno, through a sports agent “categorically denies the allegations.”
More on the story here .