Lawsuit Dropped Over Jackson Flash
Note to the Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and the Viacom legal department: Now that Terri Carlin has your attention, she is letting you off the hook — for the time being.
Carlin is the Knoxville, Tenn., resident who filed a class-action lawsuit against Jackson, Timberlake, MTV, CBS and Viacom (which owns both MTV and CBS) following Janet’s breast-baring halftime stunt at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.
Her attorney filed the suit in U.S. District Court last week, claiming she and “millions of others” suffered “outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury,” the Knoxville New Sentinel reports.
But Carlin has now decided to withdraw the lawsuit, saying she has succeeded in putting the networks on notice, and she hopes the threat of sanctions by Federal Communications Commission will prevent a similar incident from happening again.
According to her request for dismissal, Carlin said she already had been “overwhelmed by calls and mail from hundreds of supportive parents.”
The woman hoped that the “defendants will use their resources to schedule artists whose considerable talents and personal integrity can be celebrated by all Americans, rather than performers willing to resort to … shock value,” her attorney wrote.
Of course, Jackson, Timberlake and the corporations involved have all offered apologies for the incident. Both performers claim the exposure was due to “wardrobe malfunction.”