Jennifer Lopez shut down a years-long legal battle over a bounty hunter reality show she produced with Al Roker.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a New York judge has sided with J. Lo and Al Roker and dismissed all claims against them.
Last year, a man named Everette Draughn sued Lopez, Roker and Viacom. The suit centered on a reality show produced by Lopez and Roker called “Big Easy Justice.”
The show aired on Spike TV and was centered around Tat-2 The Bounty Hunter (real name Eugene Thacker) who worked in and around New Orleans.
Draughn appeared on one episode of the show that ran in April 2012. He accused the defendants of falsely painting him as a car thief.
During the episode in question, Draughn said Tat-2 showed up at his door and threatened to break it down if he didn’t let him in. He says he did and Tat-2 and his crew came inside with guns drawn.
Draughn claimed he was handcuffed and taken to a local jail. In his suit, he said while at the jail he was forced to sign documents. He said he only later learned the documents were a release for the show. He original filed the lawsuit in Louisiana but the case was dismissed. He then took his case and refiled it in New York. His lawsuit sought unspecified damages.
Lopez and Roker fired back demanding the entire case be dismissed. They argued the man was trying to bring back a lawsuit he already lost.
Their motion read, “More than six years after he signed a written release in connection with his participation in a television program, and long after that program first aired, Plaintiff brings this lawsuit in New York arising out of the same facts and circumstances as a lawsuit he brought in 2012 in Louisiana against the same defendants …”
The singer argued the man was trying to resurrect his unsuccessful 5-year-long lawsuit in Louisiana. She said his claims were now past the statute of limitations and pointed to the release he signed. The singer demanded the entire case be dismissed once and for all.
In the recent court order, the judge was persuaded by Lopez and Roker’s argument. The judge said, “Here, the claims accrued at the time of his arrest and expired before Plaintiff commenced this action. Likewise, the cause of action alleging the release is unconscionable, which concerns the formation process and the existence of meaningful choice, also has a six-year statute of limitations.”
Further, “Here the wrongful act pleaded was Plaintiff’s recorded apprehension that occurred on October 10, 2011 and therefore, that claim is untimely.”
The judge ordered, “Defendant’s motion to dismiss is granted and Plaintiff’s motions are denied.” The case was then officially closed, which brings an end to the several years-long legal battle. “Big Easy Justice” aired for one season on Spike TV but was not renewed.
Lopez is having quite the couple months as Oscar buzz continues to grow for her role as Ramona in “Hustlers.”