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https://nypost.com/2018/07/18/wfan-host-joe-benigno-accused-of-sexual-harassment/

 

Joe Benigno’s threesome come-ons in middle of WFAN’s frat-house lawsuit

July 18, 2018 | 7:11pm | Updated

 

WFAN was run like a frat house, with drinking by employees starting as early as 10 a.m. and executives condoning buying prostitutes for ad clients, according to a shocking lawsuit filed Wednesday by a 40-year-old former CBS Radio ad exec.

Lauren Lockwood, who worked at WFAN from 2006 until July of last year, claims the station’s executives tolerated a hostile work environment that subjected her to sexual harassment.

On various occasions, WFAN host Joe Benigno pressured her into having a threesome, the lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn state court, claims.

Benigno “whispered in [Lockwood’s] ear about having ‘threesomes’ with him and his wife and prostitutes,” the suit claims.

“Benigno showed [Lockwood] a nude photo of his wife with a prostitute and propositioned [Lockwood] to join him, his wife and a prostitute in sexual intercourse,” according to the complaint.

Benigno was also accused in the 39-page suit of ranking women in the office on the basis of their looks — and carrying on an affair with a female subordinate for roughly two years.

Lockwood claims that her career was short-circuited after she rebuffed Benigno’s advances.

Lockwood, 40, who sold ads for WFAN and the Yankees Radio Network, endured a “Mad Men”-like environment where male executives’ affairs with subordinates were tolerated, the suit claims.

The former ad executive’s career came to a crashing end soon after a July 13 promotional event before the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather boxing match in Las Vegas, it is alleged.

In a luxury suite at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a brawl broke out between a former male ad exec Lockwood brought as a guest and two current CBS Radio employees over the relative talents of the boxers, the suit claims.

As Lockwood moved to break up the fight, she was punched in the face, according to the suit.

The next day, Lockwood was the only employee to be suspended, it is alleged. Her boss, ad sales exec Sean Argaman, would later fire her, court papers claims.

The suit, which seeks $5 million in damages, names as defendants CBS Radio, Benigno, Argaman and Mark Zukerman, a second ad sales executive, as well as other unidentified employees.

Lockwood was an award-winning saleswoman and sold nearly $1 million in advertising in 2016, according to the complaint.

The suit paints a picture of a work culture at CBS Radio that was heavy on drinking, especially “pickle back” shots — that is, a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice.

At events where CBS Radio execs hosted clients, the liquor bill would run as high as $4,000, according to the complaint — double what was allowed under company policy.

In addition, CBS Radio executives also “knew and permitted the practice of taking prospective clients to strip clubs, especially during Yankee spring training trips,” according to the complaint.

On at least one occasion, Argaman approved paying the bill for a trip to a strip club with a company credit card, the suit claims.

CBS Radio, including WFAN, was bought by Entercom on Nov. 17, 2017.

A spokesperson for Entercom said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

But “we do intend to defend the company vigorously,” the spokesperson said.

Benigno’s agent didn’t return a voicemail seeking comment. Messages left for Argaman and Zukerman went unreturned.

FILED UNDER CBS  LAWSUITS  SEXUAL HARASSMENT  SPORTS RADIO  WFAN

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Totally amazing how in this social climate men are still allowing themsleves to be
caught/accused of sexual harrassment.  Benigno is probably going to lose his career
because companies don't want to be perceived as being insensitive to the issue.
In his own words, "Oh the pain"   

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3 minutes ago, dbatesman said:

This thread should be an edifying exploration of the legal and ethical implications of the gender power imbalance in sports media

don't forget the funny pics and gifs...  otherwise the thread is useless

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23 minutes ago, dbatesman said:

This thread should be an edifying exploration of the legal and ethical implications of the gender power imbalance in sports media

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4 minutes ago, GATA-Bot said:

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Well when this is the accuser what do you expect 

let's not go blaming the victim in this thread, please,  otherwise it will be shut down faster than you can say "benig-NO!"

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37 minutes ago, dbatesman said:

This thread should be an edifying exploration of the legal and ethical implications of the gender power imbalance in sports media

She should have taken it as it was intended: as flattery.

Demi showed us how women act when the tables are turned. The only think fake about that is when it happens they don't look like Demi they look more like Shelley Duvall or Kathy Bates.

Hypocrites. This is why we can't have women in the workplace. 

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Just now, Sperm Edwards said:

She should have taken it as it was intended: as flattery.

Demi showed us how women act when the tables are turned. The only think fake about that is when it happens they don't look like Demi they look more like Shelley Duvall or Kathy Bates.

Hypocrites. This is why we can't have women in the workplace. 

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3 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

That show is terrible. Carton was terrible. They should all be fired. Francesa is currently carrying NY sports radio from his couch. 

I liked Carton sometimes 

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