Howard Stern Sued for Airing Woman's IRS Conversation

Did Howard Stern's show cross a line?

IRS agent Jimmy Forsythe called in to be on the Stern's satellite radio show but was placed on hold before he could go on.

"The defendants breached their duty of reasonable care by broadcasting the private phone conversation between Mrs. Barrigas and the IRS on May 19, 2015, and thereby publicly disseminating private tax return and identity information of Mrs. Barrigas's to over one million people worldwide", states the lawsuit.
Once a Stern employee caught wind of the conversation, it was aired live on Sirius XM.

The Wrap is reporting Howard Stern is being sued by a woman who claimed that her personal and tax information were broadcast on Stern's show.

Then, according to the complaint filed on Monday in Massachusetts District Court in Boston, they aired it. While on hold, Forsythe took Barrigas' call and spent almost 45 minutes talking to her about her tax case.

After that, Barrigas began receiving tons of calls and text messages, according to the Washington Post. "I couldn't believe it".

"Only upon notice from WCVB did the IRS begin an investigation into the matter and place Agent Forsythe on administrative leave", the complaint stated.

"Mr. Stern and The Stern Show joked about the publication and broadcast of Mrs. Barrigas' tax and personal information and conversation with the IRS's Agent Forsythe and used the broadcast and the humiliation of Mrs. Barrigas as a source of amusement for their listeners".

In a statement to WBZ, the IRS stated, "We are aware of this troubling situation, and we are now reviewing the matter".

In addition to Barrigas' search for employment was reportedly impacted by the broadcast, she also "has difficulty sleeping and eating since the incident, and has sought treatment as a result".

Howard Stern is being sued for airing live a phone call that a woman thought she was having privately with an IRS agent.

  • Ernesto Newman