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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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46.

kickaboo    

While A&E might start out with good reality shows, just like the others, they usually blow it with over-zealous producers. It is always the producers to CREATE more drama, true or not. I hope she wins her lawsuit.

1321 days ago
47.

wisdomtooth    

False light is a legal term that refers to a tort concerning privacy that is similar to the tort of defamation. The privacy laws in the United States include a non-public person's right to privacy from publicity which puts them in a false light to the public; which is balanced against the First Amendment right of free speech.

False light differs from defamation primarily in being intended "to protect the plaintiff's mental or emotional well-being" rather than protect a plaintiff's reputation as is the case with the tort of defamation[1] and in being about the impression created rather than being about true or false. If a publication of information is false, then a tort of defamation might have occurred. If that communication is not technically false but is still misleading then a tort of false light might have occurred.[1]

"False light privacy claims often arise under the same facts as defamation cases, and therefore not all states recognize false light actions. There is a subtle difference in the way courts view the legal theories -- false light cases are about damage to a person's personal feelings or dignity, whereas defamation is about damage to a person's reputation."[2]
"The specific elements of the Tort of FALSE LIGHT vary considerably even among those jurisdictions which do recognize this Tort. Generally, these elements consist of the following:

1.A publication by the Defendant about the Plaintiff;
2.made with actual malice (very similar to that type required by New York Times v. Sullivan in "Defamation" cases);
3.which places the Plaintiff in a false light; AND
4.that would be highly offensive (i.e., embarrassing to reasonable persons).[1]

1321 days ago
48.

yes sue    

A&E was wrong for doing that. They were implying she was smuggling. am not suit happy. But girl I would defintely be suing for more than 300,000.00
So what if she didn't get arrested or convicted for it. That's not the point she does have a good case. How dare A&E do that.

1321 days ago
49.

Mel    

They suspected her of being his importer and A&E just happened to be there to film THE PRISON WATCHING HER. This was prison footage, not A&E footage. Listen to what the CO says at the very beginning. "There she is..." "We've identified female subject..." They were watching her for a reason. It wasn't a random "for example, this kiss could have been the hand off" kind of video. There's so much more to this story than anyone is telling.

1320 days ago
50.

Mo    

I agree that her rights were violated. The insinuation is clear and shameful. So many lawsuits are frivolous these days but I think this one is legit!

1320 days ago
51.

marlorita    

yall are all dumb and very judgmental my husband was beaten and choked unconcious that day no drugs were on me or him my life my husbands life, my teen daughters life and my families life has been changed ever since and A&E feels no respnsibility at all or the prison.So before you comment get your facts straight because i don't care if he was in hell it wasn't right.

1111 days ago
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