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Lawsuit: 'Real Housewives' Violated Me

9/4/2009 5:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's not just diva drama on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" -- a man featured on the hit series says the show made him look like a big 'ole dork ... and now he's suing.


George Page
says a clip aired on "Housewives" of him on a five-minute speed date with Sheree Whitfield in Atlanta. In the clip, Page is seen telling a really corny joke to Sheree while equally corny music and sound effects play in the background.

In the lawsuit, filed last week in State Court in Chicago, Page says he never gave permission to Bravo to plaster his face all over the tube -- and was even assured by producers that he would be edited out of the show.

Page is suing Bravo and NBC for at least $50,000 for infringing on his Right of Publicity and for causing him "emotional distress."

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Wombat    

He must be part Jackson!

1783 days ago
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They about to get paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

THAT SHOW HAS THE MOST DRAMA ,NO MATTER WHERE IT IS,YOU COULD DO IT IN A ALLEY AND THINGS WOULDNT CHANGE, MAYBE IF AMERTICIAN WOULD SPEND THERE TIME,DOING THE RIGHT THINGS IN LIFE AND BE BETTER ROLE MODELS ,WE WOULD BE IN A BETTER PLACE,EVERYBODY WANT'S TO BE A MOVIE STAR REGARDLESS WHAT IMAGE THEY GIVE,GOOD OR BAD

1783 days ago
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kissmiass    

He's RIGHT! It is a corny joke. TMZ aren't you adding insult to injury by reshowing the episode he is complaining about? I know you are protected from lawsuits by federal statute but that doesn't make it right.

1783 days ago
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mia    

They should rename this stupid series of shows, from Real Housewives to Litigious A-Holes.

1783 days ago
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Lori in Chicago    

What an embarrassment for Chicago! Gosh, the guy told a bad joke, files a frivolous lawsuit, and now the video is attracting more publicity than he ever wanted... He did not sign the consent form so they will probably settle with this guy for a $5,000 nuisance fee... We have enough bad publicity with Blagojobitch.... and nothing is worse than a man telling a bad joke at first impression...

1783 days ago
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dmking12370    

This lawsuit will get nowhere. There is no jurisdiction. Plaintiff is suing someone for an act under Illinois that occured in Georgia. This will be dissmissed.

1783 days ago
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JimmyD    

He is the one that should be getting sued for telling stupid jokes!! What a moron! Househoes of Atlanta is a very dumb show and anyone that watches it is extremely dumb!!

1783 days ago
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Lori in Chicago    

LOL @ 11. He is the one that should be getting sued for telling stupid jokes!! What a moron! Househoes of Atlanta is a very dumb show and anyone that watches it is extremely dumb!!

Posted at 6:09PM on Sep 4th 2009 by jimmyd

So funny, thanks...

and good point @ 10. This lawsuit will get nowhere. There is no jurisdiction. Plaintiff is suing someone for an act under Illinois that occured in Georgia. This will be dissmissed.

Posted at 6:07PM on Sep 4th 2009 by dmking12370

Good call...

1783 days ago
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$$$    

hey...can I sue for NOT being on the show???

1783 days ago
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Only marry foreign women    

They will found guilty but the Judge will award a small amount as damages.

Men have little rights and/or sympathy in US courts.

1783 days ago
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Katie    

When I first watched this episode I thought, this guy has to be embarrassed. The other thing that I thought is he is such a nerd! Great TV, though.

1783 days ago
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Still in Shock    

15. They will found guilty but the Judge will award a small amount as damages.

Men have little rights and/or sympathy in US courts.

Posted at 6:29PM on Sep 4th 2009 by Ordinary Guy

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He won't get a dime, because he had to sign a waiver(release) to be on TV. In the waiver he signed, it says they can edit the show however they want. He should have read the fine print!

1783 days ago
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Mary P    

uh-oh, read the story. He DIDN'T give permission, i.e. didn't sign a waiver.

1783 days ago
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Linda Mott    

He agreed to let them show the clip. Nothing was in writing about editing. Of course they are going to show the worst they can for ratings. They showed how he really acted. I don't think he has a leg to stand on.

1783 days ago
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ES    

He did not sign a waiver to be filmed. He was reassured by Bravo that any footage of him would not appear on-air. They then proceeded to use his image to ridicule him for the sake of entertainment. They need to pay him something but good luck getting $50K out of Bravo. I don't even think the housewives, and I use that term loosely, are getting paid that for a full season. If they were, there wouldn't be so many broke a^% Bi*%#)! getting evicted or foreclosed upon.

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