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Tuesday, May 22 2012 07:51 PM

Barks settles sex harassment claims with former employer

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A settlement has been reached in radio talk show host Inga Barks' sexual harassment lawsuit against former co-host Scott Cox and American General Media.

Contacted by phone Tuesday night, Barks said she could not discuss the terms of the settlement. Kern County Superior Court records show Barks' attorney filed a notice of settlement March 12 and the case was dismissed April 20. "I'm happy to have American General Media behind me and glad it's over," Barks said Tuesday.

Anaheim attorney Ernie Ching, who represented Barks, said the terms of the settlement are confidential at the agreement of all parties involved.

Barks and Cox sometimes hosted together when they both had shows on KERN 1180. Cox still has a show on the channel, while Barks left the station in 2010 and now has a radio talk show on KMJ 580.

Barks' complaint filed in 2010 claimed Cox forced her to kiss him, groped her, demanded sexual favors and insulted her on and off the airwaves when she asked him to stop. The complaint also alleged that station management ignored Barks' complaints.

Attorneys for Cox and American General Media could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. Cox did not return a phone call.

Both Cox and Barks are contributing columnists for The Californian. The Californian has a radio show that airs on KERN 1180, which is owned by American General Media.

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