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Contestant on ‘Dating Naked’ sues after being shown on TV naked

Contestant on ‘Dating Naked’ sues after being shown on TV naked

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 22, 2014

A former contestant on a VH1 reality show called “Dating Naked” is now suing the network, parent company Viacom and two production companies for $10 million for allegedly showing her on television naked. 

Model Jessie Nizewitz, 28, taped the show fully naked, as all of the contestants do, but did so with the understanding that the network would blur out her genitalia when the show was televised. She claims there was one scene in her episode in which the network failed to do so. Nizewitz says “her crotch was briefly exposed in a scene where she wrestled with a male contestant on the beach,” Today.com reports.
 
Because it is on cable, “Dating Naked” shows bare buttocks, but blurs frontal views on both male and female contestants.
 
“The lawsuit, filed in New York on Wednesday, states that uncensored images were sent around social media following the airing, and that Nizewitz was ‘shocked, horrified and outraged to observe this intrusion into her privacy for all to see,’” Today reports.
 
Entertainment Weekly reports that while “the summer dating series has been slammed by a parents group for putting semi-nudity on basic cable, the show has an impressive match-making success rate—six couples who have met on the show have stayed together, VH1 claims, and one of those couples is getting married.”
 
VH1 and Viacom declined Today’s request for comment on the case.

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Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.