Cincinnati Station Settles Suit Over ‘Sexting’

By Andrew Gauthier

Joanna Argus was shocked when she heard her name was shown on a television news show’s graphics accompanying a story about “sexting.”

That’s because Argus, 30, complained several times to WLWT-TV, Channel 5, about the graphic it was using on the air and its Web site and was told each time it would be removed.

The story was about sexting–sending sexually explicit photos or text messages–but had nothing to do with Argus.

Despite that, Argus’ Hamilton County lawsuit noted, the TV station used the graphic that included her name and, at least once, the phrase “Baby, I know what you need” as if she was texting that message to someone. More…