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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

ABC's "Extreme Makeover" Sued Over Death

A would-be contestant on the ABC reality show "Extreme Makeover" has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, charging that the program's decision to cancel her participation eventually led to her sister's suicide. Deleese Williams says that the producers of the program wanted her sister Kellie McGee and other family members to make "disparaging comments" about Williams' appearance, remarks which ultimately affected McGee's state of mind.

Read more about the "Extreme Makeover" lawsuit here in an AP story and in a New York Daily News piece here.  In addition, ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is being sued by five orphaned brothers and sisters who claim they were ousted from a house that was built expressly for them. They are alleging fraud and breach of contract. Both the AP story and an interview with Dan Abrams discuss this lawsuit.

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