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Old 06-13-2002, 09:33 AM   #1
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MTV And Their Latest 'Prank'

I hope these people win this lawsuit. If this happened to me, I would be traumatized. I have a sense of humor, but this just crosses the line in my opinion. I'm not surprised that Ashton Kutcher is a producer, and I can't believe the hotel went along w/ this, if they knew about it.

Couple Sues Over Hidden-Camera 'Corpse' Prank
Thu Jun 13, 8:04 AM ET
By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - MTV has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit from a couple who say they were surprised by a fake corpse in their hotel room as part of a hidden-camera prank for a reality TV show.


James and Laurie Ann Ryan, of Washington, D.C., also named the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in the suit, which accuses the resort and the cable network of invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and fraud, among other things, their attorney said Wednesday.

The suit, originally filed in Los Angeles in April but gaining public attention this week after it was moved to federal court, said the couple became unwitting participants in a practical joke filmed for a series under development at MTV called "Harassment" while they were on vacation in January.

Upon entering the hotel room, the Ryans "discovered what appeared to be a dead human body covered and surrounded by blood, evidently the victim of a homicide," as hidden cameras recorded their shock, the suit says.

As the couple tried to flee, two actors posing as security guards blocked their way, and a third individual in the guise of a paramedic entered the room.

The show's host and co-producer, Ashton Kutcher, who has described the series in interviews as a "guerrilla-style Candid Camera," finally emerged to reveal the prank.

The Ryans were not amused. They are seeking $10 million in compensatory damages against MTV, the Hard Rock Hotel and Kutcher, who also is named in the suit, said their lawyer, Daniel Rozansky.

Both the cable network, which is owned by Viacom Inc., and the privately owned hotel declined to comment on the case.

An MTV spokeswoman said the incident in question was filmed as part of a pilot episode for "Harassment," which has not aired. She said the future status of the program is uncertain.
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These reality/prank shows are getting out of hand.
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That is so horrible, those poor people.

That definately crosses the line of good taste.
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Old 06-13-2002, 09:43 AM   #4
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That's dumb, $10 million because you're too stupid to tell that it's a fake body lying there. And that sounds like a boring show anyway, another show that 'pushes the limits' but forgets that it needs to be funny for anyone to care.
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10 million dollars?

This screams "OPPURTUNISTIC VICTIMS"

I say give Gina, and the couple a complimentary weekend there in the execuitve suite. and a $50.00 bill and tell them to "
SHUT THE F*CK UP"..

Dont these mooches have anything better to do w their lives?

Ppl like this need to have a sock inserted in their mouths.

Did I make myself clear?

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I do agree that $10 million is a bit excessive.

I would sue for $500 and a candy bar.
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while ten million is excessive they are merely approaching the situation with all the class of viacom. mtv played their prank and now one is being played on them.

the whole of society is going to hell in a handbasket i tellz ya!
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Candid Camera should film the court proceedings and have Peter Funt disguised as the judge, and award the couple $1 Billion instead to set an example, and we could all see Sumner Redstone and Ashton Kutcher's reactions. Now that would be guerilla-style Candid Camera.
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sorry but I just don't find dead bodies funny. Have you ever seen a dead body? How can that be funny?

If anything, whether or not these people get their money, I hope it at least starts to put a nail in the coffin of these stupid reality shows.
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sorry but I just don't find dead bodies funny. Have you ever seen a dead body? How can that be funny?
Pssst, it wasn't a real dead body...
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I'm going to have to go with the couple on this one, even if $10 million is excessive. When I'm on vacation, the last thing I want to do is be "harassed" by finding a fake bloody corpse in my hotel room and then being "harassed" again by fake cops and fake paramedics. MTV needs to learn to leave people alone and play some f*cking videos for a change.
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What HeartlandGirl said.

Oh yes, and MTV could rediscover what the "M" in their name stands for and get back to the flippin' music.
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MTV needs to learn to leave people alone and play some f*cking videos for a change.
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MTV needs to learn to leave people alone and play some f*cking videos for a change.
*is scandalized reading such language from a nun!

*then agrees COMPLETELY with said nun.

Silly MTV... Funny TV is rare and done by talented artists. Clearly MTV doesn't have any talented people (Ashton Kutcher is cute on "That 70's Show" but a producer???) so they should stop trying to be funny.
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