Bubba the Love Sponge Clem won't have to pay for his harsh words against radio rival Todd MJ Schnitt. A jury of six unanimously sided with him Wednesday after deliberating for three hours.
“This is for the Glenn Beck's, the Rush Limbaugh's, the Howard Stern's, the Cowhead's,” said Clem after the verdict was read. “It's not for me. It's for everybody in media.”
Clem admitted calling the Schnitt's nasty names over the air.
“We're both guilty of it,” said Clem. “I do it. He does it.”
The Schnitt's claimed the on air name calling caused them years of public humiliation and shame. They were trying to sue Clem for damages, including the cost of an $18,000 home security system they had installed at their house.
“Mr. Clem wanted to seek revenge against Mr. Schnitt out a sheer obsession and hate,” Schnitt's attorney Phil Campbell told jurors.
The Schnitt's didn't speak to reporters after the verdict was read. Campbell called the jury's unanimous decision “disappointing.” Clem's legal team said the case is a victory for the first amendment and could be precedent setting.
“I believe that future claims like this won't be brought because that jury had the courage to protect the first amendment,” said attorney Greg Hearing.
Clem vowed Wednesday to continue the radio war of words on his show Thursday morning.
“I will have the biggest MJ Kelly funeral in the streets,” he said. “I'm going to ask my good friend Howard Stern to preside over it.”
Clem also said he plans to sue Schnitt to cover his legal costs.