Country Music Star Katie Armiger Being Sued By Former Record Label After Speaking Out Against Sexual Harassment

The artist is accusing her former record label of instructing her to "hug, kiss and flirt" with radio programmers.

By Gina Tron

Country artist Katie Armiger is facing legal ramifications for speaking out against sexual harassment in the country music world. For over a year now, Armiger, 26, took to social media to reveal being groped by radio DJs as a teen. She also detailed the alleged abuse during a Fox News interview.

"I was at a radio station in Texas and was taking a promo photo with one of the on-air DJs after doing my performances and he grabbed my butt during the photo. And at the same time he was whispering in my ear, 'When are you going to be legal?"I was told that's how it was and, if I wanted to be in music, I'd have to get over it," she said. During that October interview, she said she was blacklisted from the country music scene for speaking out about such incidents.

In 2016 the star filed a lawsuit accusing the label of telling her to "sex it up" to sell records. According to that lawsuit, Armiger said she was asked to "purchase 'hot, game-changing' clothes” and instructed to "hug, kiss and flirt" with radio programmers. The star’s record label Cold River Record told Fox News it was all "an attempt to try and smear good people."

Now, Armiger’s old record label is suing her, claiming her statements about sexual harassment violate a “non-disparagement clause,” which was apparently part of a confidential settlement that she and the record label reached in 2016 after they separated. The suit could gag the singer from making any additional comments on the issue.

Armiger is now a full-time college student.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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