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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
TV Castaway set to sue BBC
Ron Copsey
Ron quit Taransay after seven months
A former contestant on the experimental reality TV show Castaway is planning to sue the BBC for misrepresenting him on camera.

The lawyer for Ron Copsey has confirmed he is to seek damages from the BBC for the way he was portrayed on the programme.

Anne Shamash said Copsey, who left the island early, was made out to be violent towards women after he was seen to throw a chair at a female contestant.

Julie Lowe
Ron was seen by viewers apparently throwing a chair at Julie Lowe
Ms Shamesh has accused the BBC and programme-makers Lion Television of "fabricating" the incident.

She said the corporation should receive a formal claim within the next few days.

Copsey, a 45-year-old psychotherapist, was one of 36 contestants who volunteered to spend a year living on the remote Scottish island of Taransay.

In total seven left before the year was up.

Bias

At the time of his premature departure Copsey said he had been represented, and that broadcasts were biased towards the other contestants.

Ms Shamesh said: "It arises from one of the episodes of Castaway where footage was fabricated in order to portray Ron Copsey as a violent man who had assaulted a fellow Castaway by throwing a chair at her.

"Ron Copsey certainly did not throw a chair at Julie Lowe, even though it was billed as such.

"Castaway was supposed to be a true and honest account of events on Taransay and this footage was wholly misrepresentative and has adversely affected our client."

Fellow castaways are thought to have already been interviewed about what happened during the disputed incident.

A spokeswoman for Lion Television said it had not yet received a writ and a BBC spokesman said he was unable to comment because nothing had arrived.

See also:

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TV 'castaway' complains of bias
02 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Castaway heart-throb 'fed up'
29 Jul 00 | Scotland
Rare reunion for island Castaways
10 Jul 00 | Entertainment
Castaway in talks after island hop
10 Mar 00 | Entertainment
Castaway Ray flees media circus
06 Jan 00 | Entertainment
Castaways adrift over flu
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