(NEW YORK) — A man in Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez and Al Roker, claiming their Spike TV reality show called Big Easy Justice falsely labeled him a criminal on national television, reports TMZ.com.
Everette Draughn, who is 19 years old, said the show made him the subject of a nationally-televised manhunt. The show, which is produced by Roker and Lopez, is about a New Orleans bounty hunter named Tat-2.
Draughn’s episode aired in April, and the show labeled him as a fugitive who had committed grand theft auto. However, Draughn claims he did not commit a crime and he was not a fugitive. He adds that he was forced into signing a release agreement. He is now suing for unspecified damages — alleging the show ruined his reputation, caused him damages and cost him his job.
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