Judge Vonda Evans addresses criticism over radio interview with civil rights activist Dick Gregory

Posted at 8:28 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 07:30:47-04

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans is on the bench for some of the most high-profile criminal cases in the area, but today Evans is defending herself over an interview with civil rights activist Dick Gregory.

The interview aired live during Evans' radio show on 910 AM Saturday.

At one point, Gregory tells Evans that he didn't spend all of his energy and research to "come here and have to out-talk you about stuff you don't know about."

Online comments blasted Evans as some people said she was being "a clown" and disrespectful to Gregory.

"I have the utmost respect for Mr. Gregory and if I offended him, I want to say I'm sorry," said Evans in a sit-down interview with 7 Action News Wednesday.

910 AM is owned by Kevin Adell and the station released the following statement Wednesday:

Mr. Adell, CEO of 910AM Superstation, does not dictate the content but supports everybody’s right to a free forum and free speech. Judge Vonda Evans’ road to success was made possible by the efforts of the many civil rights activists before her, including Dick Gregory. 910AM Superstation will continue to be the voice of the community.

See Kim Craig's report and our full interviews with Judge Evans and her co-host Kerry Jackson in the video player above.