The AJC reports that a lawsuit has been filed against the Atlanta rapper — along with MTV and Atlanta's Haugabrooks Funeral Home — by the family of a deceased man whose body was shown on the reality show "T.I.'s Road to Redemption."
The show, which aired on MTV in early 2009, documented T.I.'s attempts to set at-risk youths on the straight-and-narrow. His extensive community service was part of a controversial prison sentence of one year and one day T.I. received in ’09 after being convicted on federal firearms charges.
The scene shot in Haugabrooks was meant to scare T.I.'s mentee straight:
In the first episode, entitled "You Are Responsible For Your Own Actions," Harris shows a young man a corpse at Haugabrooks. A mortician says the man was a "hustler" and says the man's parents don't know how he really died. The face of the dead man is out of focus in the video that was available online at MTV's website Friday.
The family of the dead man, whose name is Joseph Williams, claims that the video was made "for financial gain and publicity," and is seeking unspecified damages due to pain and suffering.
Meanwhile, T.I. continues to serve the remaining time of an additional 13-month sentence he received for violating his probation last September.
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