08.30.08

Let The Healing Begin : Woody Page Avoids Grope Suit

Posted in Sports TV, The Law at 3:55 pm by

The New York Daily News’ Thomas Zambito reports that we’ve been denied the Trial Of The Century.  Not to sound all cavalier about inappropriate behavior in the workplace, but we should say a silent prayer of thanks that the WWL’s epidemic of zipper problems never resulted in any revelations about Beano Cook.


Judge John Koeltl tossed out a lawsuit Friday filed by makeup artist Rita Ragone, who accused host Jay Crawford and sportswriter Woody Paige of groping and propositioning her.

Koeltl ruled Ragone had agreed to take any sexual harassment claims to an arbitrator when she was hired by the show in 2005.

Ragone maintained she never signed anything and that the signature on the agreement was forged. An ESPN handwriting expert disagreed.

Ragone, who calls herself the “Stylist to the Stars,” claimed she was canned in 2006 after complaining to ESPN execs about locker room talk on the set.

“I don’t care if you can do makeup or not,” she said Crawford told her after backing her into a corner. “The only reason you got the job here is because you’re hot.”

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