The Los Angeles County sheriff demanded an immediate public apology and retraction from the Fox Broadcasting Company over what the department said was a defamatory photograph of a commander used in the investigative crime special, Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?
“The program incorrectly portrayed the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and its employee, Steven D. Katz, as being involved with the investigation into the death of Wallace,” the department said in a statement. “The segment defamed Katz by repeatedly showing his photograph and expressing through graphics, an indication of ‘disgrace and outrage’ into the handling of the case.”
The two-hour special, produced by Critical Content, aired Sunday (Sept. 24).
“The program also erroneously depicted the LASD as part of the investigation by showing our employee wearing his LASD name badge and standing in front of LASD logos, and indicating several times through graphics and statements, that he was the ‘Lead Investigator of [the] Biggie Murder.'”
The production company did issue an apology via a statement.
“Critical Content apologizes to Commander Steve Katz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, whose photo was mistakenly included in last night’s airing of Who Shot Biggie and Tupac? He is not the Steven Katz of the Los Angeles Police Department mentioned in the program,” according to the statement.
The sheriff’s department told The Hollywood Reporter it was aware of that apology, but still demanded one from Fox. The late rapper Christopher Wallace was shot to death by an unknown assailant on March 9, 199,7 while sitting in a car near the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The sheriff’s department said the Fox show’s hosts, Soledad O’Brien and Tracy Lauren Marrow (Ice-T), “made derogatory comments alleging that the investigator lied and concealed files while showing photos of Commander Katz. IN FACT, neither the Sheriff’s Department nor Commander Steven D. Katz had any involvement in the investigation into the death of Wallace (Biggie).”
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.