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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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61.

Anita    

Don't get me started.

We had this woman in a wheelchair on our unit who would deliberately tip it and throw herself on the floor for attention. She knew the nurses would have to make out an incident report each time.

Another would try and beat up her elderly parents with her crutches whenever they vidited.

1872 days ago
62.

Reney20    

I am not surprised. Cbs and all the others are all about MONEY!!! that's what makes America... greed greed greed and i am embaressed as an american. This is not the 1970's where people stare and say nothing. It was a matter of time and i pray that CBS will get theirs because here they broadcast up to the unfortunate for money and ratings and finally it's a law suit and frankly I hope that the plaintffs win. Sue for all CBS is worth. and someday somebody from CBS will be in those shoes and if it aint them then it will certainly be a family member. enough said and thnk about that no-one's a saint not even the CEO of CBS.

1872 days ago
63.

bobby45    

"The plaintiffs also want damages."

And there you have it. All you need to know. Someone else wanting a payday off anothers success.

1872 days ago
64.

bugs    

Sue CBS? Dancing with the Stars is on ABC!

1872 days ago
65.

Diane    

I don't understand this lawsuit at all. 95% of the people they have dancing on this show are disabled in some way - mostly talent disabled, but disabled!

1872 days ago
66.

cari    

THESE LAWSUITS ARE RIDICULOUS. THEY WANT TO BE TREATED LIKE EVERYONE ELSE??? REALLY??? WHEN YOU DON'T GET 'SPECIAL' TREATMENT, LIKE SEATS DOWN FRONT, YOU SUE BECAUSE YOU HAD A BAD VIEW LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!!! AND ABOUT YOUR DOGS.....I COULD SUE YOU THEN. I AM SO ALLERGIC TO ANIMALS MY THROAT CLOSES UP WITHIN MINUTES. SO WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO THREATEN MY LIFE???

CALL IT WHAT IT IS FOR ONCE, JUST A MONEYGRUBBING WAY FOR YOU AND YOUR LAWYERS TO CASH IN ON SOMEONE DOING BETTER THAT YOU. CIVIL RIGHTS??? BULLCRAP. DAMAGES??? BULLCRAP. I HOPE YOU LOSE AND THE DEFENDANTS SUE YOU FOR THEIR TIME AND LEGAL FEES.

1871 days ago
67.

J    

I'm looking at all these hateful and hurtful comments and i can't help but think how much we as americans havent changed. People wanting things the way they want them. Its sad. Karma is a bitch and i hope you all get yours. You people that are being so hurtful are probably the fat asses who sit behind their computers smoking and drinking and who are going to cost honest hard working taxpayers money for health care. don blame obama or bush. I blame you. If it werent for you guys, we wouldnt need all this money. Geez. I have a good job and great people around me and i dont need to hear how miserable people are by making rude hateful comments. You wish you could be half as amazing as we (handicapped people) are.

1870 days ago
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Pox    

um disabled ppl cant dance...so why go to a dance show? I think its great they werent on camera...cripps make for a bad image

1864 days ago
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