LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBS Local) — The family of a Kentucky man who committed suicide shortly after appearing on “The Jerry Springer Show” has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Springer and NBC.
The family of Blake Alvey said he was ambushed on the syndicated tabloid talk show on May 8, 2018, when he was confronted by his fiancée Cassie Rutter, WDRB reportedREAD MORE: Bobbleheads Memorialize Baltimore Sports Superfan Mo Gaba, Raise Money For Charity
Rutter told Alvey that she had been unfaithful with his good friend, no longer wanted to marry him and had sold the engagement ring he had given her.
The lawsuit claims the show knew the actions would “elicit an extreme reaction” from Alvey.
The episode, “Gay Phase … Over,” aired on May 24. Alvey, who lived in Louisville, shot himself on June 3.READ MORE: Baltimore Mayor, Maryland Governor Clash After Hogan Says City Getting More Vaccines Than ‘Entitled To’ In Response To WJZ Question
NBCUniversal announced June 20 that it was canceling the series after 27 seasons due to low ratings.
The suit claims that Alvey, who left behind a newborn son, killed himself “as a result of severe emotional and mental suffering and anguish.”
It accuses the Jerry Springer show of “reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others.” Rutter has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“The Jerry Springer Show was designed to humiliate and exploit people like Blake, [disregarding] the devastating consequences that their conduct can have on people’s lives,” Brenton Stanley, Alvey’s family attorney, said in a statement.
The lawsuit was filed last week in Jefferson Circuit Court. It is requesting unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.MORE NEWS: West Baltimore Native, Descendent Of Slaves On Last US-Bound Ship From Africa, Shares Family's Legacy
WDRB said it reached out to the show for a comment, but has not yet heard back.