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Radio DJ Takes Stand At His Own Defamation Trial

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File photo of a mic over a DJ audio console.  (credit: Roberto A Sanchez/Getty Images)

File photo of a mic over a DJ audio console. (credit: Roberto A Sanchez/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Radio DJ Bubba The Love Sponge Clem took the stand in his own defamation trial in Tampa.

Wednesday was the third day of Clem’s trial. He is being sued by Todd “MJ” Schnitt, who says Clem’s claims on the radio were revenge for an old feud and an attempt to gain higher ratings by ruining the Schnitt’s reputation.

Schnitt says Clem called his wife — who was an assistant state attorney at the time — a “whore” on air. Clemalso said Schnitt had engaged in “plugola,” plugging businesses on his show for favors. Schnitt denies this.

Clem’s attorneys said Wednesday that Clem was merely exercising his right to free speech.

The jury heard several of Clem’s radio broadcasts and heard from Clem himself.

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