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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

O.J. Simpson Witness Sues "Dr. Phil" For Defamation, False Light Over Remarks, Editing After Appearance On Show

Thomas Riccio, who testified in the recent O.J. Simpson trial in Las Vegas, is suing Phil McGraw ("Dr. Phil") and Stage 29 media, which produces his show, for defamation and false light, alleging that his appearance on the Dr. Phil show and his remarks on the show were edited to give a false impression of his testimony and position on gun control. Mr. Riccio claims that Dr. McGraw also referred to him variously as "a puppet master who would sell his soul for a coin" and "the ring leader of this crime." A spokesperson said Dr. McGraw had no comment. Read more here in an AP story (another link here).

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