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Prisoner's Wife to A&E: Keep My Vagina Out of It!

1/8/2011 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The wife of a prison inmate is suing A&E, claiming the network falsely made it appear that she was smuggling drugs to her husband via her vagina.

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Marlorita Battle claims she was minding her own business -- visiting her hubby at the Riverbend State Prison in Tennessee -- when, unbeknownst to her, a crew for the show "The Squad: Prison Police" was secretly filming her.

Though she says nothing untoward happened during her visit, when A&E aired the show, they made her look like a drug smuggler. Specifically, Battle claims the episode featured a member of the prison police squad describing how outsiders smuggle drugs by carrying them inside their body cavities.

Battle says her images were plastered all over the screen as the squad member described how women often hide the drugs in their vaginas. And then Battle is featured walking toward the bathroom, then returning to kiss her husband goodbye. Battle says it was clear ... A&E was suggesting she had passed drugs to her hubby through "oral contact."

Battle is suing A&E, along with Wild Eyes Productions, for $75,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages, plus profits from the show.

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TmZ845    

if she was not arrested or convicted of such a crime she does have a great lawsuit against A&E.

1283 days ago
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TmZ845    

and isnt there supposed to be a disclaimer signed to tape anyone and use it on tv?

1283 days ago
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Joe    

Hey A&E, get your facts straight…Everybody knows Marlorita does all da drug smuggl’in out her bung-hole!!!

1283 days ago
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Christine    

There is NO lawsuit here. She is inside a PRISON, at NOTIME is there any expectation of privacy. DUH!!!!!

1283 days ago
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Ellery    

Talk about lowdown and dirty! Imagine yourself in that situation people. I'm not a suit-happy person but I'd sure as hell go for it here!

1283 days ago
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Jeannie    

Number 4, A person may not have an expectation of privacy while visiting in prison, but you don't give up your right against defamation. Therefore, wouldn't a lawsuit still be possible?

Number 5, what in the name of heaven is wrong with you? Does TMZ permit such blatant racisim?

1283 days ago
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TXluvsMJ2    

There is NO lawsuit here. She is inside a PRISON, at NOTIME is there any expectation of privacy. DUH!!!!!

Posted at 7:56 AM on Jan 8, 2011 by Christine

Bull****! She isn't a prisoner. Didn't sign any waiver or disclaimer, didn't even know she was being filmed!

Think before you speak: on Cops they black out people's faces for **** like this. I hope she takes them to the bank.

1283 days ago
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Tara    

I would of sued too.. A&E just used footage of her and said she was smuggling drugs.

1283 days ago
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TXluvsMJ2    

Dr. Hardwicke, are you trying to be funny? You're not.

1283 days ago
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TmZ845    

regardless of being in a prison or not they falsey showed her doing something she did not do or would have been arrested for that is blatant defamation.the location does not she was defamed as something she was not by a TV program that alone will win her suit.not all blacks are bad.

1283 days ago
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rini6    

"Certain groups Are for the mostpart .. Just Plain BAD !"

This is actually part of the fifth comment on this story. I thought they were being snarky and criticizing racism until I read the entire comment. They actually meant what they said.

wow

I thought this was the year 2011.... my bad.

1283 days ago
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awards    

Bet I know where she will hide the settlement!

1283 days ago
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wtfdude    

At least A&E is truthful . To bad it might cost them . Keep up the good work A&E

1283 days ago
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stumpy    

4.
There is NO lawsuit here. She is inside a PRISON, at NOTIME is there any expectation of privacy. DUH!!!!!

Posted at 7:56 AM on Jan 8, 2011 by Christine
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This isnt a privacy issue its a libel issue
if A&E portrayed her as a drug smuggler
she has a case

1283 days ago
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dd    

If she wasn't arrested or even accused A&E should not have put her on blast. Settle with her u people were wrong!

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