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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Couple sue Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Religious groups attacked the show in the US
A Los Angeles couple - who were removed from the US reality TV show Temptation Island because they have a child - are suing the show's producers.

Ytossie Patterson, 34, and Taheed Watson, 29, filed suit in a US superior Court on Wednesday, claiming defamation of character.

Temptation Island
26 scantily-clad men and women tried to tempt couples into infidelity
The two were removed from the show when it was revealed they had a two-year-old child, a fact they allegedly hid from producers.

Temptation Island aims to test the fidelity of unmarried, but long-established couples.

They are taken to a Caribbean resort, split up for two weeks and surrounded with attractive prospective partners.

Publicity

After the fortnight, contestants can choose to stay with their existing partner, or go off with one of the island's sexy inhabitants.

Patterson and Watson are now seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages for their early ejection from the Island.

They say producers always knew they had a child and that their removal from the show was a cynical attempt to gain publicity for Temptation Island.

The couple have been together five-and-a-half years.

Fox Television Studios and Rocket Science Laboratories, both in the Los Angeles area, were named as defendants.

'Rigged'

Temptation Island was inspired by the success of Survivor, which drew 51 million viewers to CBS last year to watch corporate trainer Richard Hatch win a $1m prize for lasting 16 weeks on a remote island.

A contestant who was voted out of that show is suing the show's creator, saying her early exit from the show was rigged.

The Survivor producers have counter-sued and that case is on-going.

See also:

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21 Feb 01 | Entertainment
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07 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Survivor loser sues creator
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