Probe into ex-WWL Radio host Seth Dunlap suffers setback as judge denies arrest warrant

Seth Dunlap PHOTO: NOLA

Police can pursue another charge based on same evidence or reurge case for extortion warrant

By Ramon Antonio Vargas and John Simerman | 8 November 2019

NOLA — A New Orleans police detective went to a judge on Wednesday and applied for a warrant to arrest former WWL Radio sports talk-show host Seth Dunlap on a count of extortion, multiple criminal justice sources say.

According to one of the sources with knowledge of the application, the detective presented evidence to back up his central allegation: that the openly gay radio personality used his phone to launch a homophobic insult at himself via the radio station’s Twitter account before demanding nearly $2 million to settle complaints about a hostile workplace.

But Magistrate Commissioner Robert Blackburn rejected the warrant. The sources said Blackburn didn’t find the evidence backed up a charge of extortion, which is defined as making threats to a person “with the intention (to) obtain anything of value.” […]

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