Murder suspect raises reality TV questions

August 21, 2009

Murder suspect raises reality TV questions

AP Entertainment Writer

“… 51 Minds, the production company behind VH1’s “Megan Wants a Millionaire,” said Thursday that it had commissioned a check on the 17 wealthy bachelors vying for the love of former “Rock of Love” contestant Megan Hauserman — but it didn’t turn up the troubled past of Ryan Alexander Jenkins.

“While casting ex-cons isn’t illegal, Douglas Johnson, an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles who has represented reality TV production companies and contestants, thinks dating shows that involve intimate feelings like “Megan Wants a Millionaire” have a bigger responsibility to ensure the emotional well-being and physical safety of their contestants.

“In these situations, these production companies have a duty not to be negligent,” said Johnson. “To be safe, and to make sure you’re not putting yourself in a situation where liability would be attached, I would advise them not to put someone on a show that had a criminal background because they have a propensity to not abide by social standards.”

Douglas L. Johnson
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