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Judge denies police arrest warrant for radio host accused of sending homophobic tweet

Seth Dunlap allegedly tweeted the homophobic slur about himself on his employer's account

2019-11-15

Words: Steve Brown

A judge has denied New Orleans police an arrest warrant for Seth Dunlap who is accused of directing a homophobic slur at himself from his employer’s Twitter account.

Seth Dunlap worked with WWL in New Orleans since 2011 and hosted the station's weeknight sports show The Last Lap With Seth Dunlap.

Earlier this year, he penned a personal essay detailing his sexuality and fans of his show praised him for coming out.

However, a tweet from the station’s Twitter account used a homophobic slur but now it appears Dunlap was the one behind the tweet, the Times Picayune reported.

According to his attorney, Dunlap was dismissed from the job at the end of October.

In the same month, police obtained a search warrant for his phone records after news emerged that WWL Radio and its parent company, Entercom, claim the sports presenter sent the tweet himself in a bid to extort $1.8 million.

But now, a judge has ruled not to allow the NOPD an arrest warrant for the former radio host as it’s reported the evidence wasn’t enough.

However, the judge said the police could still pursue a warrant for a different offence or obtain further evidence that would warrant an extortion charge.