The MTV cable network apologized on Thursday to two 14-year-old girls who were sprayed with excrement by performers during the taping of a television program aptly called ``Dude, This Sucks.''
Yes indeed it did.
The MTV cable network apologized on Thursday to two 14-year-old girls who were sprayed with excrement by performers during the taping of a television program called ``Dude, This Sucks.''
The teenagers sued MTV in Los Angeles Superior Court for infliction of emotional distress, negligence and battery because of the incident which took place last January in Big Bear, a mountain community near the city.
Brian Graden, the network's president of programming, admitted the incident took place and apologized, vowing that the footage will never be aired.
Garden said, ``This was a terrible incident. It was unintended and we regret that it happened. I was not aware of the content of this segment prior to the taping and have taken steps to ensure that an incident of this nature never happens again.''
He added, ``The footage from the show, part of a pilot taped on remote location, has never and will never air. We are sorry if these women were hurt. It is certainly never our intention to hurt anyone.''
Monique Garcia and Kelli Sloat said they were invited to stand near the stage during taping of the show and were given no warning that two men calling themselves the ``Shower Rangers'' would abruptly defecate on stage.
``We were having a good time until the second act of 'Dude, This Sucks' went on,'' Garcia, a middle school student in Big Bear, said at a press conference to announce the lawsuit.
``All of a sudden I was smelling something disgusting and I started to gag,'' she said. ``I looked around at my friends. They were covered in something. As I looked down at myself I realized that I was too.''
Garcia and Sloat, who were 13 at the time, said the incident happened during an MTV weekend festival called ``Snowed In'' in Big Bear.
Gloria Allred, a prominent Los Angeles attorney representing the two girls, said Garcia and Sloat attended ''Dude, That Sucks,'' expecting to see a new MTV variety show, and were ushered next to the stage by staff members.
Allred said the girls, along with four friends, watched crew members cover camera equipment with plastic tarps before the ``Shower Rangers,'' who are not named in the lawsuit, took the stage.