PORTLAND – On Wednesday morning, Kailee Kinney spoke with KGW about a $325,000 claim she filed against Clear Channel Broadcasting and radio personality Paul Linnman.
Kinney worked in sales for 1190 KEX and claims the host of “Morning Update with Paul Linnman” engaged in “unwanted sexual touching” while she worked with him at the Portland radio station.
The suit, which was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court Friday, alleges Linnman came up behind Kinney and groped, slapped and squeezed her buttocks. The suit also claims Linnman made several other inappropriate and offensive sexual comments about Kinney.
“When you put your hands on someone, that is something entirely different, and that’s what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about someone putting their hands on someone, unwanted. And it is my belief that he has done this before,” Kinney said. “And the behavior has been pushed under the rug because at the end of the day, Clear Channel is going to protect their number-one person who brings in endorsement revenue.”
Earlier Wednesday, Linnman responded to the allegations. "I wish I could share the truth about what’s going on here, but this is a legal matter and I’m not able to comment in any way," he said. He referred further questions to his attorney.
Linnman continues to work at the radio station and was on the air Wednesday morning.
"Anyone can claim anything in a civil lawsuit," Linnman's lawyer Sharon Peters said in a statement Wednesday. "Our legal system exists to determine the truth of those claims and we look forward to the facts coming out in this process. Paul would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support he's received."