MTV apologized yesterday (April 5) to two 14-year-old girls who said they were splattered with feces when an act defecated on stage during a taping of the music channel’s show “Dude, This Sucks.”
“This is a terrible incident. It was unintended and we regret that it happened,” Brian Graden, the cable channel’s president for programming, said in a statement. He added that the episode would never be aired and that he had taken steps to see that such an event never happens again. “We are sorry if these women were hurt. It is certainly never our intention to hurt anyone,” he said.
Graden said the network had just learned that the girls are suing MTV, adding that the company “will respond accordingly through the legal process.”
The teen-agers said they were standing next to a stage on Jan. 21 at the Snow Summit Ski Resort in California’s San Bernardino mountains, watching a two-man act called Shower Rangers during videotaping of a “Snowed In” segment of the MTV show.
“Without warning or explanation the two Shower Rangers turned their backsides to the audience, both opened a flap on the back of their shorts, exposing their naked buttocks,” the girls’ attorney Gloria Allred said. “Before they could say or do anything, the Shower Ranger whose buttocks faced them bent over, spread the cheeks of his buttocks and emitted a spray of fecal matter,” the lawyer said.
Monique Garcia and Kelli Sloat of Big Bear Lake, Calif., are seeking unspecified general, compensatory and punitive damages, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and battery.
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