Easily the most cutting-edge radio station in Central Florida, 95 Live (95.9 FM) was pulled off the air Feb. 6 ` see Pirate raid, Feb 10`. The recently available police report offers a few more details -- and raises some questions -- about the causes. According to three visitors, the low-watt pirate station went too far during an in-station interview with NSX, a 95 Live DJ who doubles as the station's CEO and who also goes by Junior Payne.
The incident began when two women and a man were invited to the station's Pine Street headquarters. The women were taken into the DJ booth, where NSX began making rude comments, according to the report. He demanded that they sit in his lap and asked them if they shaved their vaginas, the report says.
Another station employee allegedly grabbed one of the women and tried to kiss her. When the male visitor tried to help, the report says he was slammed into a wall, threatened and had his wallet taken. Police say Payne then read information from the man's wallet over the air.
Police arrested Payne and charged him with false imprisonment, burglary and battery. Another 95 Live employee was charged with false imprisonment and battery. Then police confiscated the station's broadcast equipment.
Payne refused comment. But the station's attorney, Michael Dicembre, says police had no authority to take 95 Live off the air. "It just doesn't make sense," Dicembre says. "Whenever property is used in the commission of a crime or to further the commission of a crime, law enforcement has the ability to seek forfeiture. We don't have any of that here."Dicembre stopped short of saying police were using the forfeiture law to put 95 Live out of business. "I've dealt before with some of the `cops` involved," the attorney says. "I don't think they were acting inappropriately." A forfeiture hearing is expected in several weeks.
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