Realtor Andrea Straub was accused of dumping animal carcasses on a neighbor's lawn after the neighbor and Straub put their homes up for sale at the same time, is suing KYW for defamation, emotional distress and more, saying the station broadcast "a preposterous and knowingly false story" about the incident.
Anchor Chris May, reporter Walt Hunter, news director Susan Schiller and account executive Kim Papay also are named as defendants.
Straub said she lost an annual income of about $500,000 from her job at Prudential, plus $16 million in listings, and was "effectively run out of town" after the story aired June 26. She also received "hate-filled" voice mails, email and letters, she said.
Straub's husband, Jonathan, was found guilty of harassment and disorderly conduct in relation to the incident and fined $25 in December in district court. Charges against Andrea Straub were dropped. The Straubs are separated.
"We believe our reporting was both accurate and responsible, and we will vigorously defend ourselves in this lawsuit," a rep from KYW said.
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