Media Conglomerate Said It Acted Legally In Casting Woman Who Later Sued The Game For Sex Abuse
Viacom has asked a federal judge to throw out The Game’s negligence lawsuit against it because the company believes it’s federally protected in its right to cast who it wants, according to court docs.
Lawyers for Viacom recently blasted The Game’s suit against the company, which accuses Viacom of breaching its duty by casting a woman in The Game’s reality show who later successfully sued the rapper for abusing her.
In court papers, Viacom called The Game’s lawsuit “meritless litigation,” and said he hasn’t presented any substantial evidence on why it should go forward. In fact, Viacom argues that The Game’s legal team botched his case and want it thrown out ASAP.
Last May, The Game sued Viacom for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and other charges after he alleged the company didn’t properly vet contestants for “She’s Got Game.” One contestant, Priscilla Rainey, won a total of $7.1 million after she sued The Game for sexually abusing her during an after hours date following a day of filming. He is currently appealing that decision.
But Viacom fired back, arguing that The Game’s suit should be tossed under what’s known as an “anti-SLAPP motion” because it was within its right to free speech to cast, produce and air “She’s Got Game.”
The Game has argued that the “ANTI-Slapp” motion can’t apply to his case because he believes that Viacom acted negligently – a claim Viacom called “baseless.”
The Game said Viacom reps never told him about Rainey’s alleged troubled past or got his OK for her to be on the show. He said the company should have protected him from Rainey and ensured that all contestants were fit to participate on the show.
The rapper is now trying to convince the court why his suit against Viacom shouldn’t be thrown out.
A judge has yet to move on Viacom’s motion.