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Schnitt says he was afraid to take his kids out in public

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Todd "M.J." Schnitt spent a second day on the stand, testifying in his defamation case against radio rival, Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem.

When asked by his attorney what type of damages he was seeking, Schnitt said he wants to be awarded enough in damages to help repair his reputation.

"To clear our good names, to restore our reputation, and to prevent Mr. Clem from doing this to anyone else in the future," said Schnitt.

Schnitt and his wife, Michelle, are suing Clem for defamation. They claim he made defamatory remarks about them on his radio show, even accusing Schnitt of rigging contests on his program, the M.J. Morning Show.

"The suggestion that I was cutting shady deals, I mean, that just stabs my professional integrity, and what the audience thinks, it stabs you right in the heart," he said on the stand.

Schnitt said Clem's fans, members of "Bubba's Army," harassed him on the street, and one man even grabbed him during the Gasparilla parade. It got to the point where Schnitt said he didn't want to take his children out in public.

"We were uncomfortable going out," he said.

And the Schnitts feared for their safety.

"There was the time when he (Clem) said, 'I'm going to get a 9 millimeter (handgun),'" said Schnitt. "There was a time when he said, 'I only wish one person dead and that's M.J.'"

During cross examination, Clem's attorneys showed pictures of Schnitt out at public events. And asked him how Bubba's radio comments had personally hurt him.

"Look at the emails I got. Look at the phone calls I got," Schnitt said, referring to calls and emails he received at the radio station, 93.3 WFLZ.

Clem has previously said that Schnitt and his wife are public figures, and his speech is protected by the First Amendment.

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