Beth Holloway Oxygen Media over a TV Series “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” of Her Daughter’s 2005 Disappearance in Aruba
BETH HOLLOWAY SUES OXYGEN MEDIA FOR 35 MILLION …
As reported at the WAPO, Beth Holloway, he mother of Natalee Holloway, is suing Oxygen media for $35 million of what she contends was a fake television documentary about the case. Natalee Holloway, a Mountainbrook, Alabama teen went missing during her senior trip to Aruba in 2005. Holloway is seeking $10 million in compensation and $25 million in punitive damages against Oxygen Media, an arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and the Los Angeles-based Brian Graden Media. The suit contends that rather than being a documentary or true investigation, the show was a “scripted, pre-planned farce calculated to give the impression of real-time events.
All I can say is I hope Beth is successful. I thought the TV series was pretty much nonsense after the first 15 to 30 minutes. I painfully watched it to keep informed, but much of it became unwatchable. It did seem contrived, like reality TV of a missing persons case, which I find a bit disgusting. Having been involved in this case from the very beginning and having actually searched for Natalee Holloway in Aruba and knowing the family personally, the TV series seemed shameless. In full disclosure, I have to say that I have never really found T.J. Ward’s premises and conclusions credible. We shall see how this law suit develops, I hope she wins. Let’s be serious folks, we know who did it, we know how it most likely happened. Keep in mind, Joran Van der Sloot all but admitted it, the Aruba legal system just decided not to prosecute.
Last August, when Oxygen Media debuted a six-part documentary series on the case, the first episode pulled in a cumulative 1.1 million viewers, reportedly the highest true crime show premiere in the network’s history.
But that series — “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” — is now at the center of a $35 million federal lawsuit filed by Natalee’s mother, Beth Holloway.
According to a legal complaint filed Feb. 2, the show was “not a realtime or legitimate investigation into new leads,” as the program claimed to be, but a “pre-planned farce.” Holloway claims she was duped into providing her DNA to be tested against remains found by producers — without being told that the testing was for a television show. Entertainment and ratings were the priority, not investigation, the lawsuit suggests.
The lawsuit argues that the network and Brian Graden Media, the show’s production company, knew “prior to filming their Series that they would not find Natalee because the Series was pre-conceived and was not a real-time investigation discovering new facts.”
“We were disappointed to learn of the complaint and its inaccurate depiction of how the series was produced, and we want to reiterate our deep compassion and sympathy for all members of the Holloway family,” the statement said.
“The documentary series was developed by a production company in close collaboration with Dave Holloway and his longtime private investigator. The show followed his continued search to find answers about his daughter Natalee from a lead he had received. We had hoped, along with Mr. Holloway, that the information was going to provide closure.”
Brian Graden Media did not immediately return a message for comment.
Did Oxygen media exploit a desperate family looking for answers finally in the case of missing Natalee Holloway? You make the call.Was it really an attempt to find answers or just make money and exploit the case that so many want answers too?
The six-episode Oxygen series was billed as another attempt to find answers. The series followed Natalee’s father — Beth Holloway’s ex-husband Dave Holloway — and private investigator T.J. Ward as they re-tackled the case.
The key moments involved discussions with informants, including one who claimed “to have known Joran van der Sloot, to have exhumed Natalee’s body at van der Sloot’s bidding, to have ‘crushed’ Natalee’s remains into little pieces, and to have burned her skull before disposing of her remains,” the legal complaint stated.
The show’s participants took possession of the bone fragments identified by the suspects. On Aug. 10 2017, Dave Holloway contacted his ex-wife, explaining they needed her DNA to see if the human female remains were Natalee’s. He did not tell her the testing was part of a television production, the lawsuit said. She provided the DNA sample — but then heard nothing, until she learned about Oxygen series. The legal complaint alleges producers already knew the remains would not match the missing girl before making the request.
“Defendants further preyed and capitalized on Beth’s desperate need and desire to find her daughter by claiming directly to Beth that they may have found Natalee’s gravesite and asking for .?.?. Beth’s DNA to test against the remains they claimed to have spontaneously discovered there,” the suit says. “To obtain Beth’s DNA, Defendants misrepresented and omitted facts surrounding their ‘discovery’ of remains.”
Much more to follow …
Grand Jury takes Sworn Testimony in Burlington College President Jane Sanders Case (Bernie Sanders Wife)
SO WHO IS IN DEEP LEGAL TROUBLE?
With the bias and liberal MSM focusing negatively on President Donald Trump and the so-called Russian collusion investigation that has amounted to nothing more than a partisan witch hunt, look who actually finds themselves in real legal trouble … why its former Burlington College president Jane Sanders, the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). As much as the Sanders family wants to deny the story and the MSM wants to ignore it all together, federal prosecutors had convened a grand jury. When a grand jury is convened, that can only suggest the prosecutors are seeking indictments.
The federal probe into a 2010 land deal orchestrated by former Burlington College president Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has deepened. VTDigger has confirmed that a grand jury has compelled sworn witness testimony in the case.
The Vermont U.S. Attorney’s office has interviewed at least one witness before the grand jury to determine whether indictments should be handed down.
Former Burlington College board member Robin Lloyd says she testified for about an hour on Oct. 26 before a grand jury at the federal courthouse in Burlington.
Paul Van de Graaf, chief of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney’s office in Vermont, questioned Lloyd about her role as the development chair of the college’s board of trustees during a period when Sanders was collecting donations and pledges for the purchase of a $10 million city lakefront property.
Lloyd, who is publisher of the progressive website Toward Freedom, kept copious board meeting minutes as the development chair for the college. In the interview with Van de Graaf, Lloyd said he “was focused on what I knew about who had been approached for contributions.”
“I helped provide a timeline of what happened — and when — in terms of development,” Lloyd said. “It was general questions about donors, and money coming in.”
Jane and Bernie Sanders have vehemently denied any impropriety surrounding the land deal.
Jeff Weaver, a spokesman for the Sanders and former campaign manager, told Seven Days Sunday night, “We have absolutely no reason to believe that there is a grand jury empaneled to examine Burlington College, Jane Sanders, or any aspect of Dr. Sanders’ service as president of Burlington College. As best we can tell, the current news reports are simply recycling an account of a government interview of a witness from several months ago. Nothing new here.”
Lloyd’s appearance is the first public confirmation that the federal government has compelled a grand jury.
A grand jury is typically convened following evidence gathering and investigation by the government. The prosecutor presents an outline of the government’s case to the jury, which may include evidence and live witness testimony. The jury then must determine whether there is probable cause of criminality, and whether an individual should be put on trial. A grand jury is typically comprised of between 16 to 23 members who are selected at random. Witnesses testify under oath. An indictment is only issued if at least 12 jurors are in agreement, according to the Department of Justice.
Kate Steinle Murder Trial by Illegal Immigrant Begins … Opening Statements & Emotional Testimony From Father
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, KATE STEINLE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY IF A PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIEN WAS NOT ALLOWED TO LIVE AND BE PROTECTED BY THE SANCTUARY CITY OF SAN FRANSISCO …
The Kate Steinle murder trial began yesterday. Opening statements have begun in the trial of an illegal immigrant Mexican man accused of fatally shooting an innocent legal U.S. female citizen on a San Francisco pier two years ago. The case set off a national immigration debate during last year’s presidential race on sanctuary cities and crimes committed against U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrant, 45 year old Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has plead not guilty and while his attorneys claimed it was an accident.What is not in dispute is the following, Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was homeless in San Francisco when he shot the 32-year-old Steinle. The illegal immigrant, who had no business being in the United States, had recently completed a prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the U.S. when he was transferred to the San Francisco County jail to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge. Prosecutors dropped that charge, and the San Francisco sheriff released Zarate from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for at least two more days for deportation. Maybe San Francisco should be put on trial for Kate Steinle’s death as well.
Kate Steinle (left) – Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (Rt)
The undocumented immigrant accused of shooting and killing Pleasanton native Kate Steinle was aiming toward her and knew what he was doing, a prosecutor argued Monday at the start of a politically charged murder case that sparked a nationwide debate over immigration policy.
But a defense attorney said Steinle’s death was the result of an accidental gunshot and a “freakish ricochet” of the bullet that struck her.
The trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who allegedly shot 32-year-old Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in July 2015, kicked off on Monday with opening statements and brief but emotional testimony from Steinle’s father, who was walking with her during the shooting.
The closely watched case has attracted national attention because of its connection to immigration policy — Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen, was released from a San Francisco jail two and a half months before the shooting instead of being deported because of the city’s sanctuary city policy. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and other conservatives seized on the shooting as an argument for tougher immigration laws.
Garcia Zarate, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, and his lawyers argue that the shooting was an accident — a single shot that ricocheted off the pier into Steinle’s back. The prosecution will try to convince jurors that Garcia Zarate shot recklessly at people, the standard necessary for a second-degree conviction.
Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia started her at times dramatic opening statement by lifting up the gun, a plastic tag through its trigger.
UPDATE I: Father recalls shooting that killed daughter.
Through tears, the father of a woman killed on a San Francisco pier says he was walking with his daughter and a family friend when he heard a loud bang.
Jim Steinle testified Monday that his daughter Kate threw her arms open around him and asked for help before collapsing.
He says he rolled her onto her side and could see a bullet hole in her back. He says there was little blood.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump cited the shooting as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies.
Jim Steinle was the first witness to testify in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
He testified for about 10 minutes and Garcia Zarate’s lawyer declined to question him.
This has everything to do with sanctuary cities like San Fransisco and the allowing of illegals in the United States, protecting them and affording then rights as if they were U.S. citizens. If the family of Kate Steinle is not provided justice, there will be a backlash in the United States like the LEFT and sanctuary cities have ever seen. Make no mistake about it, NO JUSTICE … NO PEACE at the ballot boxes in 2018 or 2020.
TALK ABOUT YOUR FRIVOLOUS LAW SUITS …
NFL free agent QB Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL owners accusing them of collusion by not signing him to play and keeping him out of the leauge. REALLY? It is you who have kept yourself out of the leauge my son. There is no guarantee that you are allowed to play. No one is forced to sign you. Every team has made their decisions independently. No one had to collude when it came to having a cancer on the team. There are plenty of former players that had more talent than you who never go another chance to play and they hardly brought the division and three ring circus to the mix. The NFL has not fired any of the players who continue to take a knee and disrespect the national anthem, flag and the brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms. Even though it is in their right to do so. The position of QB is much more than just talent. I would question any organization that would knowingly bring in such a divisive cancer like Kaepernick who would split a locker room and a fan base to the point of no return. Or how about the fact, he really is not that good, especially since his game has been figured out by opposing D’s.. This is not collusion, its good business. Colin, there is always Canada.
By the way, wasn’t it Kaepernick who restructured his contract with the 49ers and opted out of his contract himself to become a free agent. Talk about your frivolous law suits. By when your attorney is Mark Geragos, what would one expect. What’s the matter Lisa Bloom, Gloria Allred were unavailable?
Kaepernick and his attorneys accuse NFL teams of displaying “unusual and bizarre behavior” during the 2017 offseason, according to the court documents originally obtained by ABC News.
“Multiple NFL head coaches and general managers stated that they wanted to sign Mr. Kaepernick, only to mysteriously go silent with no explanation and no contract offer made to Mr. Kaepernick,” the complaint reads. “Other NFL teams stated they had no interest in Mr. Kaepernick and refused to explain why.”
The court filings also mention President Trump’s comments at a rally in Alabama last month, in which he referred to NFL players who kneel during the anthem as “sons of bitches.”
Kaepernick’s complaint says Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have “engaged in various public relations stunts designed to retaliate against Mr. Kaepernick and other players that have joined in Kaepernick’s peaceful protest.”
The complaint calls Trump “an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards” Kaepernick, and claims NFL owners have described Trump’s administration as “causing paradigm shifts in their views toward NFL players.”
Really, President Trump’s call for the SOB’s that stand to be fired caused a shift of NFL owners toward players? Why yes it did, it caused owners to insanely support the players and take a knee with them. This is a completely frivolous grievance. You made your bed Colin, there are consequences to one’s actions and it does not take collusion to not sign you, just common sense.