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‘Smelly Old Man’ Sues MTV and Dickhouse Productions, Claiming Emotional Distress

Oct 21, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A man who was mocked on an episode of "Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory" is suing MTV and Dickhouse Productions, claiming his publicity rights were violated and that he suffered from emotional distress, reports the Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq. blog.

Martin Ellyn was featured in an August episode, but claims he never signed a release or gave the network permission to use his likeness on TV, the story says. His nephew sent him a YouTube link after the show aired which showed him, "mocked as being a smelly old man, whose awkward gait was also a subject of derision to the stars of the show," according to allegations in the complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Ellyn, who suffers from a painful condition called spinal stenosis, claims the episode caused him to be the subject of derision and caused emotional distress, the story says. MTV declined to comment.

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