KERN 1180 (Wasco-Greenacres, California) last April 1, has filed a lawsuit charging former co-host Scott Cox of sexually harassing her and assaulting her for years.
The suit also accuses radio station owner American General Media of ignoring her pleas for help.
According to The Californian, her complaint, filed in Kern County Superior Court on Aug. 19 but not publicized until Wednesday, claims Cox started out as a supportive friend but, starting in 2002, became an abusive co-worker forcing her to kiss him, groping her and demanding various forms of sexual gratification from her.
When she complained to station managers, Barks claims, she was ignored.
When she confronted Cox about the behavior, her complaint alleges, he slammed her up against the wall in a hallway of the radio station then began to make disparaging remarks about her appearance and sexuality both on and off the air.
Jay Rosenlieb, attorney for AGM, said the business denies Barks’ claims. Rogers Brandon, president of American General Media, said that “Inga continues to be an active employee of the radio station” who provides commentary and also does sponsorship endorsements for the company’s clients. Barks now works as a popular conservative talk show host for Fresno's KMJ radio.
But Cox began making inappropriate comments after her husband was released from the hospital, she alleged. And things got worse, Barks alleges, when the two were paired on a four-hour radio show in 2002.
Cox made demands for sexual favors, began touching, groping and kissing Barks during that time, she says. When she asked him to stop, Barks claims, Cox began insulting her on and off the radio airwaves — musing about whether she had “fake” breasts, about the size of her genitals and whether she had sexually transmitted diseases.
The troubles continued for years during which, she claimed, Cox repeatedly asked her for sexual intercourse and oral sex and blocked her path in halls and doorways until he obtained a kiss from her.
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