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Man Sues MTV -- Rob Dyrdek Called Me 'Smelly'

10/20/2010 9:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

MTV is being sued by a man who claims he's been suffering from shame and embarrassment ever since he was mocked on "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory" as a "smelly, old man."

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The lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, stems from an episode that ran back in August -- in which Rob and his friend try to locate the source of an unpleasant odor ... and then point to an old guy limping down the street.

Now the guy is firing back at the network -- claiming he never gave permission for MTV to use his image on TV ... and demanding they pay up for all of the humiliation he's been forced to endure.

In fact, the man claims that ever since the show aired "friends and relatives began teasing or mocking [him], buying him air freshener." With friends like those ...
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But the man is particularly pissed by the way Rob and Co.
allegedly mocked his "gait" -- since he claims he's affected
by a medical condition called "spinal stenosis."

The man wants more than $25,000 for his trouble. A rep from
MTV tells us the network does not comment on pending litigation.

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31.

Ben from Baltimore    

That would be humiliating. It is bullying and the target group is the elderly. Uncalled for.

Posted at 6:16 PM on Oct 20, 2010 by mat

True. I have a friend that lost her leg in a car accident and she needs assistance in some public restrooms and I got into an argument with a guy when her and I got out of there (I was assisting her). He said "She needs to learn to be faster." I told him, "Look, she only has one leg. She needs assistance getting out of the wheelchair and getting her pants up and down. She is slow getting done. If you are in that big of a hurry, you should have gotten started sooner." Young people have NO respect for the elderly anymore.

1402 days ago
32.

Mr Baxter    

The guy is wasting everyone's time including his own. He might as well throw thousands of dollars into a burning fireplace.

1402 days ago
33.

Deadhead    

I hope he gets nothing and put back on the smelly street whence he came.

1402 days ago
34.

ken    

I think MTV sucks now. They have way too many reality shows and most of them are aimed at embarrassing people. MTV has shows that cater to mindless people who enjoy watching other people be made fun of or watching morons like the ones on jackass do things to each other. The M now stands for mindless cuz that's the kind of shows they have now.

1402 days ago
35.

Shaira    

MTV should not be the one's to have full fault for such a pathetic use of television. Rob humiliatd this by stating that he smelled. On top of that he poked fun at his spinal condition! Now, On too MTV. They should have known better then to show footage of someone who had not signed a release form. On top of that MTV is watched by MILLIONS of YOUNG veiwers. Why condone such humiliation on someone? This is why people are killing themselves! Negative comments should not be used as a funny skit on a reality show. Your only feeding the milions of teenagers who bully others everyday and giving them the okay to do it to others. I was a Rob fan, and yes he has done great things for others in the past. but, this behavior was not cool or funny and he should apologize. Sadly, after this stunt I can no longer be a Rob fan. "Not cool Rob, Not cool"

1402 days ago
36.

ectogamit    

there are certain parody laws but the guy didn't sign a waiver so they should of blurred his face. And only $25,000 bucks? why so little? he'll get it pre-trial, cheaper than going to court were he could win more. I'm sure it is embarrassing, so compensate him, look at all the free publicity. 25K is a drop in the hat

1402 days ago
37.

Shaira    

MTV should not be the one's to have full fault for such a pathetic use of television. Rob humiliatd this by stating that he smelled. On top of that he poked fun at his spinal condition! Now, On too MTV. They should have known better then to show footage of someone who had not signed a release form. On top of that MTV is watched by MILLIONS of YOUNG veiwers. Why condone such humiliation on someone? This is why people are killing themselves! Negative comments should not be used as a funny skit on a reality show. Your only feeding the milions of teenagers who bully others everyday and giving them the okay to do it to others. I was a Rob fan, and yes he has done great things for others in the past. but, this behavior was not cool or funny and he should apologize. Sadly, after this stunt I can no longer be a Rob fan. "Not cool Rob, Not cool"

1402 days ago
38.

LTBK    

The line has to be drawn somewhere. I hope this man wins his case. Enough of this anything for a laugh B.S.. I would guess the people who appear on Jersey Shore sign some sort of a release form because the verbal humiliation and abuse I have seen, MTV should be sued for MILLIONS!!! As long as they are aware that ANYTHING goes, that is fine. But it looks like a total ambush most of the time. Part of me says they deserve it for being so low as to hook up with these idiots (Mike S.) for facetime on the show but it is just SO CRUEL and cringeworthy to watch, which I will never do again. Gone WAY to far. IMO.

1402 days ago
39.

jeff    

where suing MTV is correct, he should also be suing the ignorant punk who made the statement. it's time these little imbecieles learned something that their parents appearently never taught them. proper manners and that their actions have concequences !!!

1402 days ago
40.

mike    

easy money

1402 days ago
41.

Tom    

LOL this is ridiculous. How can you idiots comment tearing Rob up when you haven't even seen the episode??

Rob goes " what is that smell?" and Jeremy says "Idk man, maybe my cologne" and Rob says "no, smells like an old guy.. look!" - They point, show the guy, and then the scene changes. NOTHING was said about his gait or his spinal stenosis, they just said Rob's smell was enhanced from breathing exercises, then the scene ended. You people are saaaaaaad.

1283 days ago
42.

katia    

this guy cat sue because all the things rd said were proably true! rd makes safe spot skate spots and isnt at all mean so **** u old man sueing mtv!!

1239 days ago
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