PORTLAND – Well-known Portland radio and television personality Paul Linnman has been sued for $325,000 by a co-worker who claims he engaged in “unwanted sexual touching” while the two worked together at 1190 KEX.
Kailee Kinney filed a civil suit against Clear Channel Broadcasting and Linnman. Linnman is the host of “Morning Update with Paul Linnman.”
The suit, filed in Multnomah County on Friday, alleges that Linnman in one instance came up behind Kinney and groped, slapped and squeezed her buttocks.
The suit also claims that on February 26, 2013 Linnman approached Kinney and said “I should apologize but that black dress…you look great in that black dress” while licking his lips and staring at Kinney’s breasts.
Linnman also allegedly made several other inappropriate and offensive sexual comments about Kinney, according to the court filing.
Kinney then sought medical treatment and lost $50,000 due the alleged unwanted sexual touching, according to the lawsuit.
Clear Channel and Linnman did not immediately return KGW’s phone calls Tuesday afternoon.
On Feb. 25, Kinney also filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries alleging she was subject to unlawful sexual harassment.
She said she was subjected to repeated forms of retaliation including scrutiny of her job performance. Kinney said she reported the retaliation to management but nothing was done, the complaint says.
Linnman has worked as a broadcaster in Portland for nearly 30 years, most recently at KEX Radio and previously at KATU-TV and KGW-TV.
Linnman is perhaps best known for his 1970 TV report from the Oregon coast when crews blew up a dead beached whale. He went on to write a book about the experience.