DWTS Val Chmerkovskiy, CBS & Photographer Being Sued for Millions



Val Chmerkovskiy Sued for Allegedly Posting Meme Mocking Girl with Down Syndrome

Posted: 01 Feb 2016 09:46 PM PST

People is reporting that a family is suing Dancing With The Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy and CBS. Below is more detail from the People article…

A family is suing Val Chmerkovskiy for allegedly sharing a meme that mocks their daughter, who has Down syndrome.

According to the lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE, Chmerkovskiy shared a meme of the girl, which includes a photo of her drinking a soda along with the text, “Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse.”

The lawsuit claims the photo was taken in June 2008 while the girl was at a baseball game without the family’s knowledge. The photographer allegedly posted the photo soon after on his Flickr account with the text, “Everything that’s wrong with America.”

The photo eventually became a meme in 2014, and the lawsuit claims that the Dancing with the Stars pro, 29, helped it go viral when he allegedly shared it on his Facebook page in January. The lawsuit says the meme also appeared on cbsnews.com, and is naming CBS as a defendant, as well as the original photographer.

“Although we have not yet been served a copy of the complaint, we have removed the photo in question from a gallery that was published in 2011,” a rep for CBS told PEOPLE in a statement.

To read more, see People.”



Val merely attempted to promote good health and did not know that the girl has Down Syndrome. Of his own accord three days later he removed the comment.  He’s very much into good health for everyone, especially for children so that they’ll have a fair chance at a bright future.

The girl’s family is suing the photographer, CBS, and Val for something like $6 million each, according to what I heard, and something was said about the possibility of settling out of court for at least a few hundred thousand dollars. Seriously? How ridiculous is all that?  If anyone could really be somewhat at fault here, it might be the photographer—but not to such an exaggerated degree.  This is just another frivolous lawsuit.  I suggest that the girl’s parents and their attorney(s) should step back and try to take an objective view of how their actions are representing them; the view from out here is that they are ridiculous, unreasonable, and disgustingly greedy—off the charts.  I also recommend that they should remember and invoke the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  ’Nuf said.

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