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News: NFL great John Riggins sues Outdoor Channel show



NFL Hall of Fame running back John Riggins claims in court that the director of what he intended as his TV show pilot broadcast footage of him hunting and fly fishing on an Outdoor Channel fishing show.

fly-rod-chroniclesRiggins sued Curtis Fleming and Fly Fishing Expeditions in Fairfax County Court for using footage of him hunting and fishing in Kentucky and West Virginia on Fly Fishing’s “Fly Rod Chronicles” show.

Riggins describes Outdoor Channel Holdings as a defendant in the body of the complaint, but not in the header of the lawsuit.

Riggins says he filmed hunting and fly fishing sequences in Kentucky and West Virginia in 2011 for the pilot episode of his outdoors show “44 Outdoors.”

He says in the complaint that Fleming accompanied him and “participated in the direction of the filming.”

The film was intended solely for his pilot, Riggo says in the complaint.

“Defendants Fleming and FRC [Fly Rod Chronicles] took possession of the images and film footage of Mr. Riggins without his consent and without legal right to do so,” the complaint states. “Defendants Fleming, FRC and Outdoor Channel published the images and film footage of plaintiff and, through a contractual relationship with defendant Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc., and its affiliates, caused them to be broadcast on cable television systems no less than six times during 2012 on The Outdoor Channel without plaintiff’s consent and without the legal right to do so.”

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