A former radio station owner paid a cash settlement to end a defamation lawsuit over a talk show host's allegations that Bob Dole helped a woman get an abortion in the 1970s.
The woman, Phyllis Wells Smith, likely will refile her lawsuit against the former talk show host, who was not involved in the settlement, said her lawyer, Jim Frickleton."The statements he made were completely without basis, and that was the whole basis for the lawsuit," Frickleton said Thursday.
Bonneville International Corp., the former owner of KMBZ, paid the settlement Tuesday. Details of the settlement were not released.
In depositions, both Dole and Wells Smith acknowledged having an intimate relationship in the early 1970s, when she was divorced and Dole was separated from his first wife.
But Wells Smith and Dole, a former Kansas senator and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, both denied that she ever became pregnant as a result of their relationship.
"I never had an abortion," Mrs. Wells Smith said in her deposition.
Asked in his deposition whether Mrs. Wells Smith became pregnant during their relationship, Dole replied "absolutely not."