Show About Polygamist Family Sparks Felony Investigation

Sep 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The idea of doing a reality TV show about a real polygamist family–perhaps inspired by the fictional clan on HBO’s hit drama "Big Love"–seemed to be a good one for TLC, until the authorities got involved, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Lehi, Utah, police announced Monday that the patriarch and star of "Sister Wives," Kody Brown, who has four wives and 13 children, is being investigated for felony bigamy. Lt. Darren Paul told People magazine that charges have not been sought yet.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, the evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County Attorney’s Office for review and possible prosecution,” Lt. Paul said, according to the story.

The investigation was apparently launched because of the publicity generated by the show, which premiered Sunday. Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah, but prosecutions are rare, according to the report.


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