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'Inside American Jail' Lawsuit

I Was REALLY DRUNK

and Producers Humiliated Me

4/2/2012 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The people behind the TruTV reality show "Inside American Jail" are being sued by a former DUI arrestee who was featured on the show ... who claims producers did NOT have the right to put her on the air ... because she was TOO WASTED to sign the waiver form.

The woman behind the lawsuit is Lenette Beall ... who was arrested for DUI by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department on April 10, 2010.

According to the suit, Beall claims an "American Jail" camera crew recorded footage while she was being booked and processed at a Clark County detention center. Beall claims the footage was then edited to portray her in a negative light ... "to embarrass and incriminate [her]."

Here's the rub ... Beall claims she was "extremely intoxicated" at the time ... and does not recall signing a release or waiver which would've given producers or LVMPD permission to use her image.

But even if she DID sign a waiver in her drunken state, Beall says the waiver is invalid because she was "not mentally competent" to enter into an agreement at the time.

Beall says she was labeled as "Naughty Girl" on the show ... and says she's been the subject of "an avalanche of personal ridicule, scorn and unwanted recognition" ever since it aired.

In her suit, Beall also says the Sheriff allowed producers to shoot because the production company, Langley Productions, donated $10,000 to his re-election campaign in 2009.

Beall is suing TBS (which owns TruTV) ... as well as Langley, the LVMPD and Sheriff Douglas Gillespie. She's demanding more than $10,000 in damages.

So far, no word back from TruTV. A rep for the LVMPD tells TMZ, "We do not comment on pending litigation."

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1.

lander    

this is why women are dangerous. they are not held accountable for their actions. all they need to say is that they were drunk or depressed, and society let's them off the hook and blames someone else.

women are children and should have handled in the same way. they should not have the right to contact or vote. they are too irresponsible.

913 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

LILO Face morph
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Mi5Q-ExZ8
or just go to YouTube and search for Lindsay Lohan Facemorph
watch her go from adorable child to crack head
much better than this crap

913 days ago
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SaraBellum    

The moral of the story Ms. Beall is that you ARE a naughty girl and should be ridiculed. Don't drink and drive and don't get so publicly hammered that you're no longer capable of knowing what's going on. Your own fault.

913 days ago
4.

Jim    

I hope she gets the money.

913 days ago
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Tiredofthe BS    

Bet she doesn't drive drunk ever again.

913 days ago
6.

karlew    

If she was intoxicated when she signed the release and the producers knew it (which obviously they would have) then she is correct she did not have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and her release is null and void. She may not have been a "naughty girl" but the producers and crew took advantge of her condition for their own gain. This is how Joe Francis gets releases signed for Girls Gone Wild. It is s***my and unfortunately for the producers illegal. This will get settled out of court.

913 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

If her judgment truly was impaired and do***ented that it was impaired (or drunk), then they should not have televised her.

Legal do***ents in a court of law that were signed by someone not in their right state of mind, can be contested or thrown out.

She has legal rights.

913 days ago
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Anonymous    

Idiot, or not, she has a point. If she were too drunk to sign, and they used it, she probably has a legitimate claim.

913 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

so strange that TMZ does not like the word d.o.*****.e.n.t.s (aka do***ents)

913 days ago
10.

Miki    

I agree with her a 100%. If she was legally drunk (hence she was being arrested) then BY LAW, she is not held accountable for her own signature. In fact, everyone who comes in there for being intoxicated, cannot be legally responsible for their signature.

913 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

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913 days ago
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stu    

Y would ANY! sign those do***ents? Too make their daddy proud?

913 days ago
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mousetrap    

It is real easy to dismiss this woman because, after all, she was drunk and driving drunk. But, this stinks a mile away. These reality shows shouldn't be going into jails and exploiting intoxicated people who do not understand what they are doing at the time. And the jails should not be allowing it. She has a great case, and I hope she prevails at suing their asses off.

913 days ago
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blueflameford    

How can they have intoxicated people sign waivers. They obviously don't know what they're doing. I hope she wins.

913 days ago
15.

Jordan    

Give her a dollar and call it a day.

913 days ago
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