Teenager sues Comcast owned TV station for $1M over unauthorized broadcast of his genitals
United States of America is known for strange lawsuits and it cant get any worse. A well known NBC and Comcast owned television station based in Colorado has been sued by a teenager for broadcasting his genitals.
The teenager who is from South Carolina teenager has accused the Colorado television station over allegations that the station broadcasted a picture of his erect penis taken from a cell phone video uploaded to YouTube. The teenager has asked $1 million in damages and has accused the TV station, its reporter who conducted the show, its owners, NBC and Comcast, and other defendants of violating federal child pornography laws, invasion of privacy and negligence, and other allegations.
According to the case papers known as Holden v. KOAA, the teen was 14 years old and living in Colorado at the time of the incident. The lawsuit states that a blackmailer shot the video of the teen and put it online as a way to blackmail him.
When the video caught the attention of his father’s girlfriend, Heather Richardson, she contacted the KOAA TV station to let them know about the situation. KOAA sent a local reporter, Matthew Prichard, to the family’s home in Pueblo, Colorado, where Prichard interviewed the boy and filmed the offending material. Prichard’s story aired February 24, 2014 and was posted online including the offending video images.
The suit claims that the boy’s father specifically told Prichard to keep his son’s name out of the report. It also states that Prichard’s show contained a “collected thumbnail image of the YouTube video” which “depicted Plaintiff’s erect penis” and showed his name “directly above.”
Ars Technica tried to locate the offending footage but was unable to do so.
“I am not authorized to say anything in that matter,” the boy’s attorney Matthew Schneider told Ars by phone on Friday.
Neither NBC nor Comcast or the the KOAA reporter, Prichard has yet commented on the issue.