Shock Jock Star Said He Wanted to Jerk Off on Nadeska Alexis; a Month Later He Was Hired as Her Co-Host

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The decades-long career of radio host/media commentator Troi
Torain, better known by his on-air moniker Star, has been
littered with the kind of reckless talk and ensuing
controversies that seemed crafted to earn him the unofficial
title of shock jock. Most notable were those that got him into
professional trouble.

In 2001, he was temporarily
suspended
from hosting Hot 97’s Star & Buc Wild in
the Morning
after he mocked Aaliyah’s aircraft death with
a sound collage of a crash and a woman’s screaming voice. (He
didn’t actually leave the station until
years later
.) In 2006, while working for Power 105, Torain
was arrested after threatening to “come for” the 4-year-old
daughter of a rival, Hot 97’s DJ Envy, on-air. “I would like to
do an R. Kelly on your seed, on your little baby girl. I would
like to tinkle on her,” Torain said, referencing a sex tape
that purportedly featured R. Kelly urinating on an underage
girl. He also referred to Envy’s wife of Asian descent, Gia
Casey, as a “slant-eyed whore” and his daughter a “little half
a lo mein eater.” He was fired from Power 105, but according to
the New York Post
cut a deal with prosecutors
to have
the charges— aggravated harassment and
endangering the welfare of a child—dismissed.

So it was consistent with his past behavior when in December,
Torain had this to say about Nadeska Alexis, a host and
producer of Complex’s popular online hip hop talk show
Everyday Struggle, during a YouTube livestream: “How
‘bout that Nadeska on Everyday Struggle? Huh? How ‘bout that
little hot thing? I would love to jerk off on her leg. Just
jerk off on her leg. Nadeska. That’s a hot bitch. I just wanna
say that on some reckless shit.”

What is surprising—what out-shocks the shock jock—is that less
than a month later, Torain found himself opposite Alexis as a
co-host on Everyday Struggle. Torain joined the show
for its second season, which began last week, apparently
filling the
vacancy
left by former Everyday Struggle co-host,
rapper Joe Budden.

Alexis addressed Torain’s comment about her at the top of their
second episode together—she said it wasn’t until after their
first episode that she heard the “snippet of Star making a very
inappropriate and graphic sexual comment about me” on Twitter.

Acknowledging that Torain’s comment was made before
Everyday Struggle asked him to join the show and that
he’s been “very respectful and professional with me here,”
Alexis confronted him nonetheless: “I just gotta ask: Why?”

“I didn’t know I was going to meet you guys,” began Torain’s
somewhat rambling excuse. “I say what I say, I do what I do. I
sip at night the way [co-host Akademiks] sips in the morning. I
said some things… Those comments were made without having any
knowledge I would ever be here.”

Alexis called the line Torain drew between appropriate behavior
toward co-workers and strangers “very interesting.” Torian
called his own comments “sexist, foul, and… wrong.”

“I’m actually very, very respectful to female co-hosts,” said
Torain later in the five-minute discussion. “I have never, ever
called a female co-host of mine in all my radio history by the
b-word. Never. Except one time, it was somebody who it was
their birthday and we said, ‘Happy birthday, bitch.’ That’s a
line I don’t cross. I think that that’s degrading for a man to
call a female by the b-word, working together.”

He also gave Alexis an apology card.

“I feel like you’ve been professional,” Alexis said, wrapping
it up. “But you do use some words loosely, at least off-camera,
but maybe that was too generous me even allowing that. So we
just make this a very safe, respectful space moving forward,
right?”

“We’re censoring the show now?” asked Torain.

“No, I’m just censoring your ass, on- and off-camera, when it
comes to the way you speak about women, period,” Alexis said.

On Thursday’s episode, the panel discussed Star’s comments
about Alexis again, with Star delivering an explicit apology
and Alexis commenting on her decision to remain on the show.

“I want to make it clear to everyone that I’m not being held
hostage here,” said Alexis. “If I did feel extremely
uncomfortable or deeply offended, I wouldn’t sit here next to
you. Unfortunately, again, doing this for such a long time,
people have said a lot worse things to me and about me almost
everyday, especially since I’ve been on the show. It doesn’t
make it okay, but again, I would just like to sit here and face
you and check you everyday instead of just running way from it.
So I feel okay. I really am not being held hostage here. I feel
fine. I understand people are outraged, but I hope you guys can
accept my decision because I am in the situation.”

Everyday Struggle has taped multiple times with the panel
intact since then, including on both days this week.

An anonymous tipster inside Complex told Jezebel that placing
Torain alongside a woman he’d effectively harassed was finally
acknowledged by Complex to its employees en masse on Thursday
via an email from Complex VP of human resources, Scott Fintzy.
The memo, a copy of which was provided to Jezebel and verified
for authenticity, claimed Complex only
learned of Torain’s comments about Alexis last week, and
acknowledged that Torain would be kept on as the host of the
show. It read:

Team,

We want to reiterate our commitment to creating a safe,
respectful and harassment-free workplace.

With the partnership of Hearst, we have been planning since
November new Sexual Harassment training for all managers.
This is a proactive effort to keep our working environment
free of inappropriate and disrespectful behaviors and to
prepare people for identifying and effectively dealing with a
situation if it were to arise.

The training started last month in California and continued
today in NY. We will be rolling out an online version for all
employees to complete later in Q1/Q2.

To send this email without commenting on the situation around
the Everyday Struggle show would be a mistake, and we
apologize it has taken a few days to get this out to you as
we were working through the process behind the scenes. This
week we discovered that the new host of Everyday Struggle
made inappropriate comments about one of our own (Nadeska)
before he officially joined the show or was even being
considered for it. Once the comments became known, management
immediately met with the EDS producers and hosts to address
it. We want to assure the staff that we have taken this
situation very seriously and followed our procedures to
address it. Nadeska was consulted throughout, including the
decision to keep the new host on the show.

We will not tolerate inappropriate behavior in the workplace
or while someone is engaged in services for Complex Networks.
Our business objectives are important, but they will never be
prioritized over the security, safety, and well-being of our
employees.

This has sparked an intense dialogue within the company about
our culture and values and we embrace that discussion. This
email is the beginning of a communication around this and you
will see more steps to allow you to engage in the discussion
starting over the next week.

We want each of you to love coming to work every day, excited
for the challenges of the job and industry, feeling respected
and part of the Complex Networks family.

When Jezebel asked for further clarification, a Complex
spokesperson sent us the following statement, which repeats a
few of the points in the email printed above:

Complex does not tolerate inappropriate behavior in the
workplace or while someone is engaged in services for the
company. While the comments were made before Star was part of
the show, once it became known we immediately addressed it
internally.

And so Alexis finds herself in the position of having to sit
across from a man who made a lewd sexual comment about her in
public—digitally catcalling her and effectively sexually
harassing her from afar—and interact with him multiple times a
week and on camera. Adding insult to injury, Alexis, who did
not respond to our request for comment, had to handle this
herself in front of her audience, days before Complex
acknowledged it to its staff. When Complex finally did so, it
parroted Torain’s excuse—that he had made his comment before he
was officially Alexis’s colleague. Complex effectively condoned
Torain’s conduct, though: They let him keep his job.

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