Media giant turns to its insurer to foot the costs of a lawsuit over 'T.I's Road to Redemption.'
From the annals of reality show nightmares comes the tale of how Viacom had to spend millions of dollars after the MTV reality series, T.I's Road to Redemption, showed a dead man's body during its premiere episode, titled "You Are Responsible for Your Own Actions."
Viacom doesn't believe it's financially responsible for what happened and has taken the AXIS Insurance Company to court to get the firm to reimburse its legal costs and reach a settlement. The complaint, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, provides some detail about what happened, while a 2011 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution fills in the background.
The series focused on hip-hop star T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) as he awaited sentencing on weapons possession and attempted to counsel youth against a life of crime. The episode in question took T.I. to a funeral home, where he saw the body of Joseph Williams, whom the mortician said was a "hustler" whose parents don't know how he died.