A U.S. district judge has ruled that Viacom must face a $5 million lawsuit brought by a makeup artist who appeared on MTV’s "The Real World," because the woman may have been drunk when she agreed to suspend her rights to sue, reports Bloomberg News.
The story says that Golzar Amirmotazedi alleges her privacy was violated and her reputation harmed after "The Real World" last year broadcast episodes and outtakes of her drinking alcohol with cast members, the story says. She claims she had drunk eight to 10 alcoholic beverages and was intoxicated when she signed and dated an arbitration agreement before entering the show’s house in Washington, D.C., the article notes. In the episodes, cast members called the makeup artist a "hot mess" and "that ugly girl," the story says.
Judge Gladys Kessler denied Viacom’s request to force her into arbitration, noting that "voluntary intoxication is a type of mental capacity defense that permits an individual to avoid a contract if she was so intoxicated at the time of the formation that she could not understand the terms and conditions of the agreement." A spokesman for Viacom wasn’t immediately available for comment, the story says.