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Al Roker & Jennifer Lopez

Sued Over Alleged Bounty Hunter Assault

12/13/2012 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jennifer Lopez
and Al Roker should think twice before sending their ruthless bounty hunter after an innocent man ... and falsely accusing him of being a criminal on national TV -- so says a new lawsuit.

19-year-old Everette Draughn filed the lawsuit in Louisiana against Roker and Lopez, claiming their new Spike TV reality show called "Big Easy Justice" falsely labeled him as a grand theft auto suspect ... and then targeted him in nationally-televised manhunt last year.

The show's about a New Orleans bounty hunter named Tat-2, and Lopez and Roker produce it. Everette's episode aired in April.



According to Everette's lawsuit, the big name producers are responsible for the mishap -- and should have done their due diligence before falsely labeling him a criminal on national TV.

Everette insists he hadn't committed grand theft auto at the time of the episode's broadcast, nor was he a fugitive as the show claims. Everette also says he was battered into signing a release agreement. 

Now, he's suing for unspecified damages -- claiming the show not only ruined his reputation and caused him injuries ... it also cost him his job. 

A rep for Spike TV said the network doesn't comment on pending litigation. Calls to Roker's and Lopez's reps were not returned.

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Kamar    

Ugh JLO is the worst she will put her name on anything. Remember her Fiat commercial where she was cruising around saying these are my streets? Well as it turns out miss diva was too good to go to The Bronx so they had to impose her face on the driver. I guess she's got fooled by the rocks that she got and ain't Jenny from the block anymore

625 days ago
17.

chuck    

all connected to this story are sorry and low

625 days ago
18.

Freddy42    

Ok first off dog the bounty hunter is a real bounty hunter and second off if u do not like bounty hunters then that means that u must have had run ins with them which means that u have been arrested before and had to get a bonds man to sign your to get out and when u did not show up for your court date u ran and so they sent a bounty hunter after u get over it if u do not like bounty hunters then do not get in trouble common sense duh

625 days ago
19.

YouMakeMeFeelGood    

I love the fact that this guy is suing because he said he wasn't committing grand theft auto AT THE TIME OF THE BROADCAST...umm....is he a complete moron??!!!

625 days ago
20.

aj    

These are NOT reality shows. They are scripted and actors are used. If you watch CAREFULLY, it is obvious. We have worked in the repo business for years and you never lay a hand on a person except in self defense. This is such bull$...! One time in 30 years, one of our drivers WAS shot at. Usual repo's are made when no one is around. This show makes me sick.

624 days ago
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kathy johnson    

how does someone batter you into signing a release, what a bunch of bull, just someone looking for easy money, suit should be thrown out before ever being heard

624 days ago
22.

Bitch please    

Jlo is a Jho

624 days ago
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