Star NE jock drops legal claim

Former Star Radio North East presenter Chris Hakin has dropped his legal fight for damages after saying he was forced to quit the station.

The 23-year old resigned earlier this year after management discovered he'd contacted a teenage girl, who he'd met at a station event in a school, through Facebook.

Mr Hakin started industrial tribunal proceedings against the Darlington station, saying he was made to quit because bosses 'panicked' over the potential bad publicity.

At a preliminary unfair dismissal hearing in September, employment judge Michael Malone warned Mr Hakin he had little chance of winning or securing a payout, and gave him 21 days to decide whether to proceed with the action.

The [link=]Northern Echo[/link] reports that Mr Hakin has now dropped the case – but maintains he approached the 14-year old girl through the social networking site as part of a campaign to attract new listeners.

He told the paper: "It is time to move on with my life. It has been a hard time for me and my family and I don’t want them to have to go through any more upset. All this has come from a totally innocent click of a mouse. It is time to put all this behind me."

After Mr Hakin approached the girl, she told teachers the next day and police were informed, but no action was taken.

Mark Reason, managing director of Star Radio, told the Echo: "We are pleased that Chris has seen sense and dropped his legal action against us. Like any professional organisation, we have rules on the use of the internet at work and, if you breach the usage policy, there is a strict course of action."

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