JUDGE MATHIS sued because he called a broad a hillbilly
A lady is suing Judge Mathis after he called her a hillbilly
Litigant to Judge Mathis — I Ain’t No Hillbilly, Dang It!
Posted Oct 5th 2007 11:21AM by TMZ Staff
Filed under: Celebrity Justice
A litigant who appeared on the “Judge Mathis” television court show has sued Mathis, Warner Bros and Telepictures (which co-owns TMZ), claiming she was done in by the show and essentially called a hick.
Melody Burnham says the show contacted her over a lawsuit she had filed against a tenant. Burnham, a resident of San Diego, alleges producers never explained that Mathis was not a sitting judge in a real court. By the way, the show flew Burnham and a friend to Chicago for the taping, put her up in a hotel and paid for her meals. — not generally something the Cook County Superior Courts do. And it’s unclear why she thought a “real” court in Chicago would hear a San Diego landlord/tenant case.
And it gets better!
Burnham goes on to allege that when she actually appeared before Mathis and the cameras (and the crew and the studio audience), she was still in the dark that it was not a real court. She says she didn’t figure that out for more than a year. Ding dang!
So Burnham’s suit against Mathis, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, claims she was held hostage in a dressing room for six hours without food. She also claims, among many other things, she didn’t know she was going to be countersued until minutes before the trial.
But the unkindest cut of all — Mathis “….ridiculed her for the pictures showing her washing machine outside, calling her a ‘hillbilly.’”
According to the suit, Mathis dismissed the case, awarded damages to neither party, and stated, “I’m sending you hillbillies back to the hills.
The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages
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