You know the drill - talk shows are about two things: medical issues, sex, and sexual medical issues.
On Tyra Banks' show, an epsiode tackeled the shocking topic of teens being "sex addicts" and featured a young, 15-year-old who self-proclaimed herself to be one. Her momma ain't too happy about that.
Beverly McClendon, the mother of this child, filed a complaint in an Atlanta federal court last week, suing Warner Bros. Entertainment, Tyra Banks and executive producers of her talk show for $3 million for featuring her child on television without consent. She alleges that having her child on the show was a dangerous and not gaining her permission to do so was "negligent."
In her suit, Beverly charges that the show put out an open casting call for "sex addicts" on their website and chose her daughter due to her age. She was invited to be a guest in November, was flown out to New York and accommodated in hotel and then, paid for her appearance on the show. All of this, without ever consulting the mother.
The complaint states that Beverly was appalled to see her child on a show that is "undoubtedly watched by sexual deviants, perverts and pedophiles alike." Likewise, she charges that none of what they did was legal, from inviting her on the show to having her appear on TV because they never had her written consent form her or the Commissioner of Labor in Georgia.
Beverly is now asking for an injunction against "further distribution of her child's TV appearance", along with the $3 million dollars.
It's hard to believe that these producers would be so naive to go through with hiring a child without going through the appropriate channels. Seems so unlikely! She has a great case though, if it's true.
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