Tanzanian airport employee sues Amazing Race for invasion of privacy

A Tanzanian woman filmed for The Amazing Race 5 three years ago is now suing CBS for invasion of privacy.

Stella Mwanyika “is employed as a ground hostess at [Kilimanjaro International Airport]” and says CBS “without any lawful cause infringed the fundamental human rights of the Plaintiff,” and she “has suffered loss and damage to feelings and dignity and likely to suffer further loss and damage,” the Arusha Times reports (via TVtattle). She wants $2 million because of “the fact that the Defendants gained profits from the said publishing and broadcasting worldwide.”

While the story doesn’t mention the season, The Amazing Race 5 filmed in early 2004 and visited Tanzania. That’s where Colin refused to pay a cab driver and was almost arrested.

The attorneys representing CBS said “the raw footage we have reviewed does not include your client’s refusal to be tapped [sic]. Instead, it shows her staring directly into the lens of at least one of the production crew’s very large and visible cameras without any objection and also smiling and acknowledging the camera. She among other things, asked whether she could get a copy of the tape for herself … all of which amount to a very clear implicit consent for the program to tape and use her image.”

Tanzania: ‘Amazing Race’ Leaves Behind Law Suit [via TVtattle]

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