In a bit of odd news, two people who participated on an MTV show have sued the network, saying the network's negligence led to their harassment and death threats.
Tristan Watson and Nadine Crosbie were featured on True Life: I'm a Chubby Chaser (seriously), which aired in January and has been repeated throughout the year. The show focused on the two men, who enjoy pursuing overweight partners.
According to the plaintiffs, they signed a release for the show but expressed concerns about their well-being. They were reassured by producers, including an e-mail that promised to hide their address, as well as promising to let the two be involved in editing the show.
Apparently, those things did not happen.
The duo, cousins who live together, have filed a lawsuit in a New York state court. They say that their home address and apartment number were visible during the episode.
According to the lawsuit, this has harmed their well-being.
"Since the premiere of the Episode, Plaintiffs have been repeatedly harassed at their home and at school," says the complaint. "Plaintiff Watson has been threatened on online forums referencing the Episode and his address ('I know where you live'), and he has received a written death threat in a letter slipped under the front door to his apartment."
They also claim the show misrepresented their intentions.
"Even though Plaintiffs had been told that the show was a documentary, they were dismayed to discover that the resulting Episode was neither true to life nor accurate in the portrayal of the sequence of events in the lives of the Plaintiffs."