WSAZ-TV sues eight individuals for harassing phone calls to news anchor

By Kyla Asbury | May 29, 2017

HUNTINGTON – WSAZ-TV is suing eight unknown individuals it claims the individuals made harassing phone calls and threatened one of the news anchors.

Gray Television Group Inc. is doing business as WSAZ-TV.

Beginning in February 2015, and, more particularly, in April 2017, the unknown individuals made a series of anonymous phone calls to WSAZ’s Huntington office whereby he or she made harassing, threatening, abusive and obscene comments concerning a news anchor employed at WSAZ, according to a complaint filed May 15 in Cabell Circuit Court.

WSAZ claims on April 4, one of the unknown individuals made harassing and threatening comments about the news anchor and her employment at the television station.

Following the April 4 anonymous call, WSAZ received two more telephone calls with the intent to harass, abuse and threaten the news anchor, according to the suit.

The complaint does not identify the anchor.

WSAZ claims the defendants violated the West Virginia Computer Crime and Abuse Act and caused intentional infliction of emotional distress.

WSAZ is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. It is being represented by Vivian H. Basdekis, David Allen Barnette and Nicole C. Johns of Jackson Kelly.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 17-C-302

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