Back in 2006
Detectives yesterday arrested a popular disc jockey with one of the city’s
leading hip-hop stations for making on-air threats to track down and sex-
ually abuse the 4-year-old daughter of a rival.
The disc jockey, Troi Torain of WWPR-FM, who goes by the name D.J. Star
on the air, was called to police headquarters in Lower Manhattan yesterday
to surrender his target pistol license and his 9-millimeter handgun, the
When Mr. Torain, 42, showed up at about 1 p.m., he was met by detectives
from the Hate Crimes Unit and was charged with endangering the welfare
of a child, a misdemeanor, the police and the Manhattan district attorney’s
office said. Mr. Torain’s comments from the station, known as Power 105,
over several days in early May put the girl in danger, the police said.
Mr. Torain was fired on Wednesday, a week after his rant against his rival,
D.J. Envy of WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97. His termination came after criti-
cism from some City Council members who pushed for his prosecution and
called for an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission.
In a May 3 broadcast, Mr. Torain mentioned D.J Envy’s wife and two child-
ren and threatened to find and sexually abuse his daughter.
“I’ll come for your kids,” Mr. Torain said that day, adding that he would pay
$500 to anyone who told him where the girl attended school. Mr. Torain,
who is black, also used racial and sexual epithets about D.J. Envy’s wife,
Gia Casey, 27, who is part Asian.
In an interview before his arrest yesterday, Mr. Torain sounded more con-
trite. “I apologized,” he said. “I’m a rational man, 42 years of age. What rat-
ional man would say something with the intent to do harm to a child?”
Mr. Torain, who worked at Hot 97 until he was lured away by Power 105,
had a running on-air feud with D.J. Envy, whose real name is Raashaun
Last evening, as Mr. Torain walked out of the precinct house on Ericsson
Place, he paused, leaned back and grinned for television cameras, saying,
“You’re looking at the new Lenny Bruce.”
In the interview before he went to police headquarters, Mr. Torain mused
about a new philosophy of his, which he called “objective hate.”
He also said that “life is beautiful” and that he was shopping for a book deal.
City Council members, meanwhile, expressed satisfaction with the arrest.
Councilman John C. Liu of Queens, who has led the Council’s protests
against Mr.Torain, said the arrest sent a real message that D.J.’s who mis-
behave “are not immune from the law.”
Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., an ex-prosecutor who has two young
daughters, said, “We needed this arrest to send a clear signal that society
won’t put up with this despicable type of behavior.”