One of the girls featured on MTV’s 16 AND PREGNANT is trying to cash in by suing a website and a tabloid magazine for reprinting comments posted to Facebook by her dead baby daddy’s mother. What????
Kristina Robinson Head — who appeared during the show’s fourth season and just had her SECOND child — has filed a claim in Harrison County Court against Star magazine and Starcasm.net. She claims both defamed her by creating the impression “that she was criminally involved in the drowning death” of her late fiance, Todd Hight, Jr, back in April 2011.
In her complaint, Head, who is now remarried, insists Hight’s death was “ruled an accidental drowning.”
The whole dispute began shortly after Todd’s death, when his mother Tina — who is not named in the suit — made a posting to her deceased son’s social media page.
The complaint states: “On February 26, 2012, prior to the airing of the television show, Todd Hight, Jr.’s mother, Tina Hight, posted on Todd Hight, Jr.’s Facebook, ‘They were so determined about that trip and I believe that none of them in that family intended to bring my baby boy home, it was said by some that they were goin take the baby, my son toldem *OVER HIS DEAD BODY* and they killed him, and it dont botherem@all.’ This message, posted on Todd Hight, Jr.’s Facebook page, indirectly refers to plaintiff and states that she was criminally involved in the drowning death of Todd Hight, Jr.”
Starcasm.net republished the statement on March 6, 2012.
Several weeks later, a portion of Tina’s accusation was republished in Star Magazine.
Head claims that Tina Hight’s comments concerned a private matter, and that she “was not a public figure for purposes of the issue addressed” by the republished statements and articles, and that neither Starcasm.net nor Star Magazine qualifies as “a media defendant due to the nature of their publication.”
She adds: “The issue of whether Todd Hight Jr. was murdered was not being discussed prior to the republication and only the immediate participants in that controversy were likely to feel the impact of its resolution.”
Head — who was not chosen to appear on the upcoming TEEN MOM 3 and receives no further cash from MTV — is seeking punitive damages from both defendants for for defamation, lost income and mental anguish.
Do you think she has a claim? Or is she just looking for a quick settlement? Sound off in the comments below!
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