On the one hand this is ridiculous, on the other if the guy had won then I would have been happy to start charging $5K every time I suffer offense at the hands (or whatever body part) of the media:
- A judge didn't buy a Farmington lawyer's claim that CBS Television owner Viacom should pay him $5,000 for having to see Jackson's bare breast during the Feb. 1 show. Eric Stephenson had sued Viacom for false advertising in small-claims court.
Stephenson claimed he was led to believe this year's Super Bowl halftime show would be a family oriented, patriotic celebration.
The father of three children, ages 2, 4 and 6, said pre-game advertising and information in television guides led him to believe he would see marching bands, balloons and a patriotic celebration during the program.
Instead, Stephenson claimed he was exposed to explicit song lyrics, Jackson's bare breast following a "wardrobe malfunction," Jackson and her dancers simulating sex acts on stage and what he called singer Kid Rock's desecration of the American flag by wearing it as a poncho. [AP]
At least the small-claims angle was clever: very little expense in making the try.