Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA – A Humboldt State University administrator involved with the controversy surrounding radio station KHSU is pushing back against a radio station employee's allegations of inappropriate conduct – by accusing the newspaper that reported them of libel.
On Friday evening, the Mad River Union received a letter (see below) from a Los Angeles attorney representing Vice President of University Advancement Craig Wruck and his wife, Elizabeth. Wruck confirmed the letter's authenticity Saturday morning.
The letter contests allegations made by KHSU Office Manager Lorna Bryant in a July 23 letter sent to a variety of HSU and CSU officials as well as state and federal elected representatives. The letter was subsequently reported by the Union.
Citing comments made by Bryant, the letter to the Union, sent from attorney Deborah Drooz, Esq., faults the newspaper for "false and defamatory statements concerning Mr. Wruck." It includes speculation as to the sourcing of Bryant's letter, further speculates as to her motivations, offers journalistic guidance and demands a "full and unequivocal retraction of the libelous accusations of abusive behavior and racism."