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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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31.

ya right    

I didn't Micheal Vick was working as a camera man now?

1835 days ago
32.

Bash a Pap    

The "disabled" are all democrats and need to be put to sleep. I am sure they all voted for Obama! Thinking he was going to help them out... give them money just for being retarded... Just more losers looking for free money!

PALIN 2012!

1835 days ago
33.

Anita    

People with disabilities often have a tremdous amount of anger which they take out by filing frivolous law suits.

The fact is that ALL of us have limitations, although some are not quite as obvious.

However, a tone deaf person will never be a good singer, an MS victim cannot be a ballerina, a short man cannot be a basket ball player etc.
You get the idea.

Sometimes we simply have to accept our limitations and live with them the best we can.

There actually was a case in California a few years back where a woman in a wheelchair sued because she felt she did not get enough help during a dance class.
Honestly folks, that is being in denial.

1835 days ago
34.

tarded    

Americans w/Disabilities Act= another lame, retarded (pun intended) law which wastes taxpayer money and opens the door further to ridiculous lawsuits which are further degenerating the judicial system.

1835 days ago
35.

Djdeej94    

This is hardly frivolous if you are the double amputee & needs a service dog to get around. Come on DANCING WITH THE STARS, lets treat ALL PEOPLE fairly

1835 days ago
36.

CC    

I cannot believe some of the comments on here......wow

some of you people better hope you don't grow old or become disabled
if everyone is like you you're in for a rough life

1835 days ago
37.

Closeupman    

I agree that the studio should be sued. They should be handicap(handiable?) accessible. However, the 2 should not get damages(I'm assuming they're suing for emotional distress). If anything it should be a class action where all disabled people can get a cut. :P

But really, they should've just reported the violation to the appropriate govt agency and let them handle it. Why do the need money from something they got for free???

1835 days ago
38.

MM    

I have to agree with both sides of this. Make the network do something about this crap once and for all. FIRE that ignorant camera wimp. But at the same time< money will not fix a damn thing.

1835 days ago
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Sarah    

SO, these diabled people were at the back? Probably right next to a bunch of able-bodied people. Why aren't the able-bodied people suing for getting crappy seats as well?

If the dog was in the way, and at risk for being stepped on, I'm not surprised the camera man said something. Maybe it wasn't meant as a threat, like all these people are whining about. Possibly it was a warning that the dog may get hurt and a person could injure themselves by falling over the dog that was in the way.

People this stupid shouldn't be allowed out in public. I'm sorry you're so bitter and angry about being disabled but it's not all about you and your disability!! Idiots.

1835 days ago
40.

moxy    

Why would anyone at home want to look at a couple of limb-less cripples in the audience?---TV is escapism, no one wants to see you guys (yes, I went there!).

Save yourselves for war protest parades and the such...where your "look" will come in handy.

Stay home - the TV screen will give you a much better view.

1835 days ago
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karenjj    

DAMAGES?? So that is what these people are really after. Will they claim not being able to watch DWTS has affected they life in some adverse way? And more likely the cameraman probably said something like "If you don't move your dog, he might get run over", More of a warning than a threat. A lot of the claim seems like lawyer-speak and you can bet it was a lawyer who told them to go after damages. I'm very sure there is another side to this story - the truth!!!

1835 days ago
42.

Donovan    

I don't think it's frivolous at all. When you watch Dancing with the Stars, they DO put all the perfect looking people where the camera will be. I can completely see where a disabled person would put a wrench in their plans.
Just because the people are asking for money also, doesn't mean anything...they could need to pay their lawyers or expenses or they will donate it to a charity that fights cases like this.

1835 days ago
43.

Lily    

WHAT? I thought that DWS is a ABC program, what are they doing at CBS? WTF?

1835 days ago
44.

to be fair    

To be fair, these shows discriminate against almost everyone. Since the audience is on camera, only the best looking people get to sit in the front. It's kind of like a studio 54 velvet rope. If you're over a certain age, overweight, not as nicely dressed you get hidden in the back too. This is a fact. I've been there. Just think how many lawsuits they could have!

1835 days ago
45.

my my my    

WELL THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD A CAMER AND ASKED AHEAD OF TIME IF THEY HAD ACCESS TO CERTAIN AREAS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE AND THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT THEIR ASS HOME BUT NO THEY SAW A LAW SUIT SO HERE THEY CAME. LOSERS.

1835 days ago
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