A federal court has ruled that a gang member left identifiable in a documentary interview can sue the producers for damages
A California gang member, interviewed in a television documentary broadcast about gangs, had his face left fully exposed, contrary to an agreement that the producers would keep him unrecognizable, he says. The producers argue that the agreement he signed did not contain an anonymity guarantee, but he contends that his unsophistication, illiteracy and dyslexia left him open to oral assurances that he would be protected. And on that issue among others he can go to trial to prove his entitlement to damages for invasion of privacy and other injuries, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled, concluding that the lawsuit against the producers is not a meritless SLAPP. Kenneth Ofgang reports details for the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.