“Studio B with Shepard Smith” accidentally aired footage of Nature Romero's brother's suicide in 2012
Another family member of the man who killed himself during Fox News’ live coverage of a police chase is suing the channel.
Nature Romero, whose brother, JoDon, shot himself in the head after a short police chase in Sept. 2012, sued Fox News on Friday for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
According to the suit obtained by TheWrap, Romero watched the event on “Studio B” without realizing that the man was her brother.
“The helicopter's camera zoomed in when the man slowed to a stop,” the lawsuit said. “Shepard Smith, acknowledging that what was about to occur ‘didn't belong on television’ began urging his control room to ‘get off' — repeating the phrase more than 10 times in rapid succession before yelling ‘Get off it!'”
“But Fox and Studio B did not ‘get off it.'”
Romero was “severely traumatized,” and “the event has caused her to suffer severe emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression resulting in severe headaches and sleep loss … extensive emotional and mental anguish as a direct consequence of the broadcast of her brother's suicide. This psychological trauma is substantial and long-term and will require long-term psychiatric and/or psychological treatment.”
Romero is asking Fox News to pay for her resulting medical bills as well as punitive damages.
With the lawsuit, Romero joins her brother's three children, who sued Fox News in June. Unlike Romero, who watched the shooting live on TV, his children saw it on YouTube.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.