Fox News Slapped With Another Lawsuit Over Live Suicide Airing

Fox News Slapped With Another Lawsuit Over Live Suicide Airing

“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.

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“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.”

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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.

  • Dale Latimer

    And they'll NEVER get off it,

    It's the natural progression of the story.

    People all over the world are just going to have to live with it.

    The logical next step for FNC would have been…

    show Shep understandably crying…

    cut to a voiceover of whats-his-name announcer saying…

    “We now observe a moment of silence in respect to the dead person(s).”

    …and then do so.

    Then, said announcer says…

    “Ladies and gentlemen, OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.

    Then after that plays, they can attempt to get back on format.

    That's what networks used to do until the Nixon administration.

  • david5300

    These people are looking for deep pockets to get money.
    They are vultures feeding off the dead brother

  • MountianMan 2013

    Let's see her brother commits suicide and it's the FOX news networks fault that she kept watching? Only in the court room would anyone even pay attention to this twisted sense of logic.

  • sara

    Well thats what happens when someone chooses to end their life. It should be shown more so people are aware of how final this act is. She needs to go to counseling and learn to deal with it. Money will not change the fact that her brother would rather be dead then to face the consequences of his acts like so many people now days. If you don't want to go to jail don't camit a crime..