A man who appeared on Jerry Springer's courtroom show, "Judge Jerry," has filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal after reportedly being assaulted by another participant from the show.
James Papi is suing NBC Universal, Allied Universal Security, and the Stamford Media Center, claiming that security failed to prevent Sean Posey Lakins from attacking him in the parking garage outside the Stamford, Conn. studio, where the show is filmed, according to legal documents viewed by Fox News.
Springer was litigating a dispute Papi had with Lakins, who was allegedly threatening to assault Papi's contract workers, resulting in them walking off the job site without finishing. Springer ordered that Lakins pay half of the damages. The two men were then escorted to their cars by security, but Lakins was still able to reportedly punch Papi in the face. As a result, Papi suffered "numerous injuries including the loss of teeth, a broken nose, a broken jaw that required surgery and a hematoma," Fox News reported.
NBC Universal Media, Allied Universal Security and Stamford Media Center, and Productions are named as defendants in Papi's lawsuit.
"We want to hold Jerry Springer and the ‘Judge Jerry Show’ accountable for knowing of a violent risk of one of their show participants and failing to protect our client, who suffered extremely serious injuries," Papi’s attorney, Michael Skiber, told Fox News in a statement.
"This isn’t a game or a game show, these are real-life people and if you’re going to create an entertainment venue, you need to understand the fallout that could occur. And we plan on holding the "Judge Jerry" show accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
Skiber said the team behind "Judge Jerry" had “essentially instigated” the attack on Papi by bringing the two men onto the show then failing to provide adequate security afterwards.
"'Judge Jerry' had these two people at each other’s throats in an adversarial environment, and then when it was over, they allowed the attacker to seriously injure my client. Security did absolutely nothing to prevent this from happening after the show,” Skiber said, according to Stamford Advocate.
Skiber further noted that some of the injuries Papi sustained during the assault will affect his life going forward.
"Some or all of his injuries may be permanent in nature, have and will continue to cause him great pain and suffering, distress of the mind, limitation of movement, and a loss of his ability to participate in the full extent of activities that life has to offer," the lawsuit says.
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