Woman Wins Date With 'Great Catch,' Gets Raped
November 25, 2008
From the Chicago Tribune:
A Lake County woman who won a date with a man a radio station called a "great" catch is suing the station for promoting the man, who had a criminal history and allegedly sexually assaulted her on the date she won.
The woman, who filed the suit late Thursday under the name Jane Doe, said Waukegan radio station WXLC, which is owned by NextMedia, ran the "Win a Date with Travis" competition last year. The radio station said Travis Harvey of Gurnee was a "great guy" and "kind." But as a busy single father, Harvey couldn't find the time to meet the right woman.
Female contestants came to an event hosted by the radio station on Jan. 30, 2007, at a Waukegan sports bar. They sat down with Harvey to answer rounds of questions, said Bob Baizer, one of the attorneys who filed the suit on Jane Doe's behalf.
Doe, then 23, won, and that weekend Harvey promised her a date at Chicago's House of Blues -- only to later say he was too tired, and invited her to his home for pizza instead, Baizer said. The woman went, and after a single drink, felt extremely drowsy. Harvey then raped her, the suit alleges. Attorneys say she was drugged.