Howard Stern Is Being Sued For Airing A Woman’s Phone Call With The IRS

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Howard Stern is being sued after he broadcasted a woman’s phone call with the IRS.

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Judith Barrigas called the IRS in 2015 because she had a question about her tax refund from the previous year. She was connected with Agent Jimmy Forsyth, and the two spoke for nearly 45 minutes. What Barrigas didn’t know was that Forsyth had called into “The Howard Stern Show” before she called, and had been placed on a hold by a producer. At some point in their call, the lines were crossed and Stern’s producers found themselves listening to the conversation, which they then decided to air.

“As soon as I heard of this information I just started to quiver, and had what I would call an out-of-body experience,” Barrigas said at the time. “I couldn’t believe it. At first I thought it was a joke.”

Barrigas, who said she has suffered from difficulty finding employment, anxiety, loss of sleep and irregular eating patterns since the incident, filed a lawsuit Monday in a Massachusetts District Court in Boston.

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