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Disabled Claim 'Dancing' Is Doggone Unfriendly

7/15/2009 2:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

 Dancing With The StarsTwo physically disabled people are suing "Dancing with the Stars," claiming the show's studio is so disabled-unfriendly a cameraman threatened to run over a service dog.

Robert Carr and Arnie Pike claim in a new lawsuit they went to CBS Television City in L.A. last March to watch the show. Carr is a double amputee who is confined to a wheelchair. Arnie Pike is a quadriplegic who also requires a wheelchair.

The men claim they arrived with two companions and a service dog and were forced to watch as the majority of the audience was let in ahead of them.

The suit claims the studio has no "designated accessible seating for persons with disabilities." They claim the staff has "a policy of placing disabled persons where they cannot be seen by the camera or the public."

DWTS CurseAccording to the suit, Pike was placed behind several rows of seats where he could not even see the action on the stage. The worst slight of all -- allegedly -- "his service dog was placed in the aisle where the camera man threatened to run over the dog."

The suit -- which also lists CBS as a defendant -- claims "Dancing" violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and asks for an order forcing the show to institute disabled-friendly policies. The plaintiffs also want damages.

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Toune    

WOW, nice TMZ....starting to remove people's comments.....damn, talk about FREEDOM OF SPEECH

1896 days ago
17.

Daniel    

In the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars they have a blind man as a contestant Gerrard Gosens . He looks like he might win, His dog has two left feet though.

1896 days ago
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justme    

Dancing with the Stars is on ABC, but is taped at the CBS studios.

1896 days ago
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sly    

they should sue. i myself have a handicap and i think that it is wrong of cbs to treat them how they did. they cant help the way that god has made them how they are. people are so ignorant and rude anymore it aint even funny. noone has any heart, respect or decency anymore. i hope cbs pays them alot of money.

1896 days ago
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Maritza    

Why don't they watch the show like everyone else does, on tv!

1896 days ago
21.

Elvis    

Well, gee - I guess everyone can't do everything and go everywhere.

1896 days ago
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who gives a shit    

DANCING WITH THE STARS IS ON ABC YOU IDIOTS!!! WHY WOULD THEY BE USING CBS STUDIOS WHEN DISNEY OWNS ABC AND I AM SURE THEY HAVE A STUDIO TO DO THIS PROGRAM ON! DOESN'T MAKE SENSE! THEY SHOULD HAVE LET THEM IN AND GET SETTLED FIRST. THE AIRLINES AND PLENTY OF OTHER VENUES DO THAT SO WHY NOT DWTS? PROGRAM IS GETTING OLD!!

1896 days ago
23.

Sarah    

Yeah, that's right...... whenever someone does something to tick you off, just go and sue them. Idiots.

If I was disabled, I'd kill myself.

1896 days ago
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Tortoise3    

When a person requests tickets it clearly states that the studio is not handicap accessible and that they will TRY to accomodate people. The studio has numerous steps and the seating is steep. Wheel chairs are confined to one corner near the door. Only the pretty people are within camera view. There are so many cables and lines that even an able bodied person may fall down. GET OVER IT! THE TICKETS ARE FREE! You can view the show better at home anyway. Get a ticket to American Idol: Same night and floor seating only at their studio.

1896 days ago
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Ema    

I would think it would not matter where they sat. Everyone is sitting, they are not standing in front of them and I think wheelchairs are higher then regular chairs. If you have two people to help you why would you need to take your service dog with you. Sounds like they just went there to complain and get some money and it did not work so now they have to sue.

1896 days ago
26.

wt    

Another example of Leftwing Libs passing BS laws that do nothing more than line the pockets of Trial Lawyers and gibe the bleeding hearts something to feel good about....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1896 days ago
27.

yumyum    

First of all why would a disabled person WANT to watch a dancing show? Wouldn't that just be depressing?

1896 days ago
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888888 thats right 888888    

UM........THEY HAD SUSAN LUCCI AS A CONTESTANT.......AND SHE'S RETARDED..........SO THE DISABLED THING IS PROB A JOKE.......

1896 days ago
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Midnyte88    

Dancing With The Stars is on ABC. What does CBS have to do wit this? Sound slike BS to me.

1896 days ago
30.

John    

Les Moonves is a horrible man who hates disabled people. I hope his soon-to-be son doesn't grow up like his wife-beating father.

1896 days ago
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