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    NY - Girl Sues ABC For Airing Footage Of Stepfather Abusing Her On "Primetime"

    Girl Sues ABC For Airing Footage Of Stepfather Abusing Her On "Primetime"
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    February 21, 2008 12:03 AM EST

    ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. — A woman who was shown on an ABC News program being beaten by her stepfather sued the network Wednesday, claiming negligence and recklessness.

    The lawsuit addresses video footage included in a "Primetime" segment called "Stepfamilies in Crisis" that aired in 2006 and shows Kyle Nelson, then 15, being held down, berated and punched.

    The footage was taken from hundreds of hours captured at the home several years before the show was aired. Viewers responded with thousands of e-mails questioning why ABC didn't step in to stop or report the abuse.

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    The suit was filed by Nelson, now 20, in Essex County Court and names ABC News; its parent corporation, the Walt Disney Company; ABC's president, David Weston; news anchor Diane Sawyer; producer David Sloan; and three psychologists associated with the "Primetime" special.

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    The lawsuit requests damages on eight claims relating to the "Primetime" segment, including failure to rescue the girl; promotion of a hostile, hazardous, unsafe and abusive atmosphere; invasion of privacy; failure to report abuse; and publication of the girl's condition and mental-health status.
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    Comment: The psychs seeme to have forgotten their duty to report.



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    From the link:

    "We maintain that a situation of continual, ongoing child abuse could have been stopped by ABC," Norfolk told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.

    Paige Capossela, a spokeswoman for ABC News, said the network hadn't been served with any lawsuit as of Wednesday evening and had no comment.

    The lawsuit requests damages on eight claims relating to the "Primetime" segment, including failure to rescue the girl; promotion of a hostile, hazardous, unsafe and abusive atmosphere; invasion of privacy; failure to report abuse; and publication of the girl's condition and mental-health status.

    This is so not cool. I can't believe they recorded and aired footage of a child being abused.

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    Transcript From 'GMA' (Good Morning America) Interview With Kyle
    April 25, 2006

    Diane Sawyer: I know that you wanted to talk. I know you wanted to say something. As you know, there have been a lot of people reacting, particularly to one scene. Tell me what you want to say about that and about your dad.

    Kyle: Well, that scene was something that had never happened before and has not happened since and I don't think would ever happen again. My dad was just torn up about it the day it happened, and I just feel really bad that people are getting so, like, just angry. And I'm not going to condone what he did, but at the same time, I've forgiven him.

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    Diane Sawyer: And you saw this situation from the outside and talking to Kyle. Let me get your perspective.

    Grandmother: I have some mixed feelings. I'm just glad she's with us and I'm sorry that all this did happen.

    Diane Sawyer: And Katherine, one of the things you wanted to say here and I wanted to make sure we get this in, that you wanted to say how you feel about Joe's caring for Kyle?

    Kyle's mom: I mean, this man adores her. I'm angry at him right now, I really am. I am very angry at all of it, because I didn't realize until this all came out how bad it really was there. But I know he loves her.

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    Dr. Browning: We saw very inappropriate parenting, parenting that was both ineffective and wrong. Luckily, we had so much information about the 1,200 hours of tape and the fact that it was a single incident; we knew that Kyle was out of the home. I think what the audience doesn't know how we talked, about how concerned we were and how we absolutely do not condone the parenting we saw.

    Diane Sawyer: But you have said when you look at the whole spectrum of facts, what conclusion did you come to?

    Dr. Browning: At that point, there was inappropriate parenting but we didn't see a safety issue.
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    I remember this. It was horrible.

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    ABC Filmed Child Abuse Without Intervening, Claims Victim
    Ada Calhoun
    Posted Feb 21st 2008 5:11PM by Ada Calhoun

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    KYLE NELSON, DAUGHTER: Stop! Stop! Stop!

    VARGAS (voice-over): A father beating his 15-year-old daughter.

    DON NELSON, FATHER: I have never (expletive deleted) lied to you. Never have I lied to you, you little *****!

    VARGAS: This is the "Prime Time" footage that`s causing a big-time fuss, shown to the public but not reported to the authorities. ABC aired this controversial footage Friday night as part of "Prime Time`s" special focusing on pressures that stepfamilies face. It`s very hard to watch.

    It all starts as the Nelsons, a New York family, discuss grades and homework. When things get heated, suddenly it`s an argument, and the father is out of control. He unleashes his fury on his daughter. ABC`s cameras catch the repeated hits.

    The daughter, Kyle, screams as her stepmother not only watches from the couch, but pretends to hit her, as well. This particular piece of tape has viewers and authorities outraged. Thousands flooding the ABC web site, angry and disgusted viewers wanting to know why the tape wasn`t handed over to authorities.

    D. NELSON: You dirty little *****!

    VARGAS: ABC News didn`t think Kyle was in danger. In a statement posted on its web site, ABC says, "While we felt the incident in question was disturbing, it was the only scene of physical punishment in the hundreds of hours of footage that ABC News reviewed."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    I remember this. It was horrible.
    I don't actually (I'm tv deprived by choice) but am appalled hearing about it after the fact.



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    Well I hope she wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    I remember this. It was horrible.
    Yeah I saw it too. It infuriated me.

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    From the article: ABC responded at the time with this statement on its Web site: "While we felt the incident in question was disturbing, it was the only scene of physical punishment in the hundreds of hours of footage that ABC News reviewed."

    So it's OK to punch a child while holding her down and screaming expletives at her if you only do it once?

    I would think that once was too many times! I understand they'd been filming at the house for hundreds of hours, and this was the only violence they'd captured, but I think that it should have been reported anyway. In the worst case scenario, they've caught a dad the only time he ever did this (which isn't OK even if it was a one time thing), and in the best case, they save this girl from the abuse she receives all the time when the cameras aren't around.

    I just think their argument in ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    I remember this. It was horrible.
    i wanted to throw up when i saw it. instead i cried for hours. i grew up in a house like this. i dont buy for a second that this was the only time her father abused her. the father and step mother knew they had a camera on them and this still happened. what life must have been like for this girl when no camera was around really scares me. abuse victims often blame themselves. i am sure this child did at 1 time. after all if it wasnt her fault why didnt her step mom help. why didnt the people from the tv show help. if she was not to blame surely some1 would have stopped it. but hey at least they probably got good ratings.


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    What annoys me about it (among too many numerous things to list) is that they characterized it as "physical punishment."



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    They will characterize things how they see fit in order to deflect criticisms of their broadcasts, freeing them to broadcast anything they think is newsworthy.
    They need to be hit in the pocketbooks HARD by this victim, and any other who feel they have been steamrolled by the media.

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    I hope she wins that lawsuit. They exploited her (i haven't seen it just read it here) and didn't even try and help her. These tv people just care about their ratings and $$, it's disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeoW333 View Post
    I hope she wins that lawsuit. They exploited her (i haven't seen it just read it here) and didn't even try and help her. These tv people just care about their ratings and $$, it's disgusting.
    I remember seeing the program. It was awful. I think the cameras were rolling so long that the family forgot they were being video-taped. The girl was exploited and I hope she wins the lawsuit too. That very public battering by her father and yelling by the stepmother on national tv was a second case of child abuse.

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    If this was not a lawsuit then I would not even believe that ABC did not report it. I heard about the show but just figured it was reported.

    I remember around the same time Dr. Phil had a show called "A Mothers Rage" and that show made me feel physically sick. One part showed the mother screaming and beating her son. She moved off camera to one of the bedrooms without a camera but you could still hear it and hear him begging her to stop. Dr. Phil though reported the family to children services because he said he was required to after seeing the tapes.

    Honestly, I still thought it was wrong to air the footage because I don't know of any kid who would want video of them being abused to be aired on national TV. I also don't think a parent should be able to sign off on a child's abuse being shown on TV.

    I really have a hard time with ABC airing the footage though and not even reporting the family to help protect the child from any other future abuse. It wasn't up to them to make the call on if it happened regularly or was a big deal! They saw abuse so they should have reported it. JMHO.

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