Jennifer Lopez and Al Roker are being sued over a bounty hunter assault related to their Spike TV reality show, Big Easy Justice. Everette Draughn, 19, filed a lawsuit in Louisiana against Roker and Lopez claiming that the show falsely labeled him as a suspect in a grand theft auto case.
Draughn became the target of a nationally televised manhunt last year after being named in a Big Easy Justice episode. The reality show features New Orleans bounty hunter Tat-2. Al Roker and Jennifer Lopez produce the Spike TV series, according to TMZ.
According to lawsuit details, the celebrity reality show producers are being blamed for the false reportedly false identification because they did not do their due diligence before releasing Everette Draughn’s name during an April episode.
The teenager maintains that he did not engage in a grand theft auto scenario when the Big Easy Justice episode was broadcast. Draughn also reports that he is not a fugitive as stated on the Spike TV reality show.
He is now suing for an unspecified amount in damages. Draughn claims that being named as a wanted man in the Al Roker and Jennifer Lopez produced show caused him to lose his job and damaged his reputation, Contact Music notes.
Spike TV has not offered any comment on the pending litigation. Big Easy Justice follows the endeavors of a team of bounty hunters as they work to track down criminals hanging out in New Orleans. The reality show series is produced by Jennifer Lopez’s company, Nuyorican Productions.