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Nanny Sues Imus Over Ranch Wrangle (Toy gun, tiny knife triggered woman's firing by radio star)
The Smoking Gun ^ | NOVEMBER 30

Posted on 11/30/2004 10:49:12 AM PST by new cruelty

NOVEMBER 30--A New York woman who briefly worked as a nanny for Don Imus has sued the radio host for wrongful termination, claiming she was canned for bringing a harmless cap gun and pocketknife with her during a trip last Thanksgiving to the family's sprawling New Mexico ranch.

Nichole Mallette, 24, also claimed in her New York State Supreme Court lawsuit, a copy of which you'll find below, that she was defamed when Imus later announced on his program that he had been forced to "disarm" his nanny, whom he labeled as dangerous and a "terrorist." In her complaint, filed yesterday by the lawyer who represented the woman who recently accused Bill O'Reilly of various improprieties, Mallette claimed that she brought the cap gun with her so that she and Imus's five-year-old son could "play cowboys" at the 4000-acre ranch.

As for the pocketknife, Mallette noted that the 1-1/2-inch item was never unsheathed from a leather harness affixed to her belt. In her lawsuit, Mallette alleged that she endured "frenzied questioning" by Imus and his wife Deirdre, who woke her at 1 AM to grill her about the pocketknife and the cap gun, which Mallette said she did not use nor show to Imus's son. After Deirdre Imus told her, "Pack your things, you're terminated," Mallette was escorted off the property at 4:15 AM by a ranch employee and the radio host.

Mallette, a Brooklyn resident, was hired by Imus last October 23 and cared for the star's son at homes in Manhattan and Connecticut, as well as the New Mexico property (according to its mission statement, the "sole purpose" of the so-called Imus Ranch is "to provide the experience of the great American cowboy" to seriously ill boys and girls and children who have lost siblings to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Mallette noted that during two separate stays at the ranch, which features a 14,000-square-foot adobe hacienda, "neither sick children nor children who had lost brothers and sisters to SIDS were present," just Imus, his family, and ranch employees.

Along with Imus and his wife, Mallete named as defendants the radio syndicator Westwood One and NBC, which simulcasts Imus's show on its MSNBC cable network.


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1 posted on 11/30/2004 10:49:18 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Imus's ranch is a house of cards.


2 posted on 11/30/2004 10:50:38 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: new cruelty

3 posted on 11/30/2004 10:50:52 AM PST by raccoonradio (Raccoon News Channel: Fur and Balanced)
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To: AppyPappy

Well, I am sure he plays host to sick children every once in a while. Just to keep things legit. ;)


4 posted on 11/30/2004 10:51:50 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Don Imus is a clown and anyone who has anything to do with him is not all there.


5 posted on 11/30/2004 10:52:19 AM PST by Reagan Man ("America has spoken")
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To: McGruff; leadpenny

I thought he said she had an actual gun, but perhaps I do not recall it correctly.


6 posted on 11/30/2004 10:52:36 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: new cruelty

Imus is a nut. I can't believe that anybody takes him seriously.


7 posted on 11/30/2004 10:52:50 AM PST by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: new cruelty
"according to its mission statement, the "sole purpose" of the so-called Imus Ranch is "to provide the experience of the great American cowboy" to seriously ill boys and girls and children who have lost siblings to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome"

LOL! Right! It's a vacation/retirement place for the I Man!

8 posted on 11/30/2004 10:53:15 AM PST by The G Man (Laura Ingraham: "Where the camera at?")
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To: AppyPappy

Don Imus has a five year old son? Who knew!


9 posted on 11/30/2004 10:53:48 AM PST by Mears
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To: The G Man

Sounds like he has a pretty sweet deal going there at his ranch.


10 posted on 11/30/2004 10:54:09 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Imus and co. way over reacted, but... WHY does a 22 year old woman carry around a cap gun?

Hm... Perhaps an anti-mugging device.

Nevermind, epiphany intervention.

APf


11 posted on 11/30/2004 10:54:43 AM PST by APFel (Humanity has a poor track record of predicting its own future.)
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To: new cruelty
I supposed he'd have a meltdown over my little Derringer keychain that has a one-inch long "switchblade" in it.

What a wimp.

12 posted on 11/30/2004 10:54:56 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: new cruelty

i never understood why people listen to anus.


13 posted on 11/30/2004 10:55:41 AM PST by ken21 (against the democrat plantation.)
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To: APFel

Apparently she brought the cap gun with her so that she and Imus's five-year-old son could "play cowboys" at the 4000-acre ranch.


14 posted on 11/30/2004 10:56:03 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: Mears

Named Wyatt, no less. After Earp, I presume.

(Side bar: When I first moved here to Tucson and it was a tiny town, I heard about two local brothers named Jesse James and Wyatt Earp)


15 posted on 11/30/2004 10:56:12 AM PST by cyncooper (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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To: Bahbah

Imus always talks about packing in NYC. My guess is he has a concealed permit. He's on a dam ranch and he has guns and he fires her for this. Sounds like the wife went off and he's backing her play. What a bunch of BS.


16 posted on 11/30/2004 10:57:06 AM PST by verifythentrust
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To: APFel

Why is Imus worried about a cap gun?

This guy packs heat on his radio show, so I'm gonna go ahead and guess that he has it with him at the ranch.

I suppose he would have to move his oxygen tank out of the way to pull his pistol.

Imus is the worst kind of fool, an "Old Fool".


17 posted on 11/30/2004 10:57:32 AM PST by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, I'm SabREtooth.)
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To: Ladysmith; All

Any real cowboy would kick his sorry ass. Wimp.


18 posted on 11/30/2004 10:58:06 AM PST by 95 Bravo ("Freedom is not free.")
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To: Ladysmith
I supposed he'd have a meltdown over my little Derringer keychain that has a one-inch long "switchblade" in it.

Well, you could put someone's eye out with that.

19 posted on 11/30/2004 10:59:19 AM PST by Oztrich Boy ("Ain't I a stinker?" B Bunny)
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To: Sabretooth

Imus's wife is a granola-eating-post-modern-hippy-trophy-wife.

Imus is pure loser.


20 posted on 11/30/2004 10:59:26 AM PST by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, I'm SabREtooth.)
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To: new cruelty

He may be an idiot and his wife a clueless fool obsessed with demonizing guns, but they also have the right to fire a nanny who doesn't demonstrate the values they espouse. It is their house, and she works for them and follows their directions.


21 posted on 11/30/2004 10:59:36 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Oztrich Boy
Oh! Atta-boy! You just reminded me of something I have to find!!

Thanks! :o)

22 posted on 11/30/2004 11:01:04 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Good point. But she also claims that she was defamed when Imus later announced on his program that he had been forced to "disarm" his nanny, whom he labeled as dangerous and a "terrorist."


23 posted on 11/30/2004 11:01:21 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

I wish I had the Dosh for a four HUNDRED acre ranch, never mind four THOUSAND.


24 posted on 11/30/2004 11:01:44 AM PST by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
They couldn't have found a better time to do it than 1am?

Sounds like his wife had something against this woman. Maybe she was better looking that his wife, perhaps?
25 posted on 11/30/2004 11:01:50 AM PST by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, I'm SabREtooth.)
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To: new cruelty

It's about time the IRS took a look at this guy's scam. It appeared most of the cost of the ranch was taken care of by big business in return for him not bad-mouthing them. He takes a few kids down there during the summer and the rest of the year he marvels at his ranch. He's a phoney.


26 posted on 11/30/2004 11:02:39 AM PST by KenmcG414
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To: verifythentrust
"Sounds like the wife went off and he's backing her play."

That may be a pretty good guess. Waking someone up at 1 in the morning???

27 posted on 11/30/2004 11:02:44 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: Diddle E. Squat
He may be an idiot and his wife a clueless fool obsessed with demonizing guns, but they also have the right to fire a nanny who doesn't demonstrate the values they espouse. It is their house, and she works for them and follows their directions.

Well, of course, you're right - but I think the suit will largely hinge on their actions afterwards. IF they gave this woman no specific instructions not to bring certain items, fired her with no warning, and then proceed to publicly paint her as a terrorist and unfit to be around children, there's probably something actionable in there somewhere.
28 posted on 11/30/2004 11:03:43 AM PST by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong...)
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To: Little Pig

If I remember correctly, he raised the money for the ranch.


29 posted on 11/30/2004 11:03:55 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: new cruelty
Mallette was escorted off the property at 4:15 AM

Like he HAAAD to fire her at 4;15am????WTF?

He could have done that in the light of day!

30 posted on 11/30/2004 11:03:59 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (If you right click on Keith Olberman's image, the word a$$hole should come up!)
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To: new cruelty

She was at the ranch for approx. ten days around Thanksgiving. I would expect that no children would be at staying at the ranch around the occurence of a holiday that is generally spent with family.


31 posted on 11/30/2004 11:04:44 AM PST by Demian
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To: KenmcG414

I think what he is doing is legitimate. He may not be doing as much as what some people would think he should do.


32 posted on 11/30/2004 11:04:47 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

The children come during school vacations and summer vacations.

Most of Imus' businesses are headquartered there.


33 posted on 11/30/2004 11:04:49 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Stuff likes this drives me crazy. They have a right to fire whoever they hire to watch their son. I read part of the complaint and it starts off with gratuitous shots at Imus.


34 posted on 11/30/2004 11:05:03 AM PST by babaloo
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Bump.


35 posted on 11/30/2004 11:06:42 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Sabretooth

Ha ha ha. Yeah. I once employed a nanny from France. Her sister was a runway model. That didn't last long.


36 posted on 11/30/2004 11:06:50 AM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Sabretooth
They couldn't have found a better time to do it than 1am?

Sounds like his wife had something against this woman. Maybe she was better looking that his wife, perhaps?

Maybe the wife didn't like Imus "searching" the help at 1AM?

37 posted on 11/30/2004 11:07:58 AM PST by RJL
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To: 95 Bravo
Any real cowboy would kick his sorry ass. Wimp.

Damn right. I have heard him complain about not having enough kids around to do the chores around the 'ranch'. He's a beady-eyed, pelican-necked, weasel.

38 posted on 11/30/2004 11:08:42 AM PST by One_American
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To: babaloo

Absolutely they can terminate her at any time for any reason. It's called "employment at will" and unless she had a contract, that's what it is.

However, Imus is too stooopid to STFU. He may pay tuition to find out just how stooopid he is, especially if his charity turns out to be a scam.


39 posted on 11/30/2004 11:08:50 AM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: new cruelty

I recall him remarking on his show once that he fired 21 different nannys in a 12 or 18 month period-even the guys who work with him remarked that he must be the employer from hell.


40 posted on 11/30/2004 11:08:53 AM PST by Larry381 (Wanted: Country willing to import thousands of whining liberals-Will pay freight charges)
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To: verifythentrust

Imus wears a large caliber hand gun in plain sight unless he's wearing a jacket, has for years.


41 posted on 11/30/2004 11:09:25 AM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: AppyPappy

This is a guy who has a carry permit in New York?


42 posted on 11/30/2004 11:11:25 AM PST by dljordan
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To: new cruelty
Imus's five-year-old son

God, bless that child. Despite his environment, don't let him grow up stupid.

43 posted on 11/30/2004 11:11:27 AM PST by newgeezer (When encryption is outlawed, rwei qtjske ud alsx zkjwejruc.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
He may be an idiot and his wife a clueless fool obsessed with demonizing guns, but they also have the right to fire a nanny who doesn't demonstrate the values they espouse. It is their house, and she works for them and follows their directions.

Last I saw, this woman is suing Imus for calling her a terrorist and claiming he "disarmed" her.

44 posted on 11/30/2004 11:11:35 AM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: wtc911
Imus wears a large caliber hand gun in plain sight unless he's wearing a jacket, has for years.

AFAIK, "open carry" is specifically illegal in New York, especially for a concealed carry permit holder.

Refreshingly enough, it is perfectly legal in New Hampshire, no permit required.

45 posted on 11/30/2004 11:12:02 AM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Howlin

Noted. Please see post 33.


46 posted on 11/30/2004 11:12:18 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: Howlin

Of course, I meant post 32.


47 posted on 11/30/2004 11:12:47 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: eno_
I once employed a nanny from France. Her sister was a runway model. That didn't last long.

What, you hired the sister, too?

48 posted on 11/30/2004 11:12:51 AM PST by newgeezer (When encryption is outlawed, rwei qtjske ud alsx zkjwejruc.)
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To: newgeezer

Oh fat chance of that!

6 feet tall, thin as a rail, and didn't seem to own any bras (which would be sized a perky yet compact B-cup).

I remember the details of that situation very well.


49 posted on 11/30/2004 11:15:15 AM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: new cruelty

I didn't realize that there was anyone left who didn't realize that the Imus Ranch is a boon-doggle to extort money from idiotic rich celebrities.


50 posted on 11/30/2004 11:18:24 AM PST by Antoninus (Santorum in '08)
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