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Woman sues after call to IRS airs on Howard Stern's show

Woman sues after call to IRS airs on Howard Stern's show

Did Howard Stern's show cross a line?

Showcasing the diversity of Howard Stern's appeal, a woman suing the IRS says an agent who had been calling into the show inadvertently gave the shock jock and his listeners an earful of their conversation on a private tax matter.

According to the lawsuit, Barrigas called the IRS's service center on May 19, 2015, to discuss a pending tax issue and spoke to Jimmy Forsythe, an IRS agent. Someone at Stern's show apparently heard the call and aired it live. If Barrigas is unsuccessful in her lawsuit, at least she can make millions selling her story to Stephen King, as it is the most terrifying story ever told.

Barrigas also claimed that the phone conversation can still be found on the Internet today and she's received numerous calls and texts that "were harassing in nature and continued for many days, leaving Mrs. Barrigas in a frantic, high-anxiety state". While on hold, Forsythe took Barrigas' call and spoke to her for almost an hour about her issue.

Now Barrigas is suing the United States of America, Stern and the Howard Stern Production Company on grounds of unlawful invasion of privacy and negligence. As a result, the show opted to check in and listen in on the conversation Forsythe was having on another phone, and information related to Barrigas started making it on the air. "I couldn't believe it at first I thought it was a joke". The callers were telling her personal information and phone number were going out live on Stern's show.

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

Representatives for the IRS and Stern have not returned requests seeking comment.

The lawsuit says, "Stern and the Stern Show were fully aware that they were broadcasting and disseminating Mrs. Barrigas's tax and personal information, yet failed to take any action to stop the broadcast".

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