LOS ANGELES, USA, December 15, 2006 – The two Surinamese teens, who featured prominently in Aruba police investigations into the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, are suing television talk show host, “Dr. Phil” McGraw and CBS Television even as they themselves were slammed swith a lawsuit by the parents of the missing teen.Brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe on Wednesday, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, emotional distress, fraud, deceit and civil conspiracy from a Dr. Phil episode aired around on Sept. 15, 2005.The show, according to the lawsuit, suggested the brothers helped kill Holloway and dispose of her body after giving her a date rape drug and raping her. The brothers also claim an interview they gave to gave would help exonerate him and his brother in the minds of the public. Skeeters told Deepak that McGraw could help him and his brother because he was “a god” who could “influence a country,” the lawsuit states.
Skeeters secretly recorded the interview on videotape, which was later altered by the defendants to change Deepak’s denial he and his brother had sex with Holloway to appear as though he was admitting they did so, the lawsuit states.
The Kalpoes are asking for unspecified general, special and punitive damages. Paramount Studios, which produces “Dr. Phil,” did not comment on the suit.
Yesterday, Halloway’s parents, Beth Twitty and Dave Holloway, slammed back, filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the same court against the two brothers. Allegations in the lawsuit include claims that they caused the death of Holloway by “intentionally, negligently, wantonly … unlawfully conducting themselves” to bring about her fatal injuries.
“Natalee’s parents’ attempt to get justice in Aruba have been repeatedly frustrated — which is why we welcome the opportunity to file this civil case in Los Angeles,” New York attorney John Q. Kelly, who represents both Beth and Dave Holloway in this action, said. “By filing this wrongful death suit, we hope to capitalize on the Kalpoe’s decision to utilize the California courts in a frivolous claim for compensation, and give Natalee’s parents the closure they need and deserve.”Halloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, while vacationing on the island with other high school friends. Her diasappearance remains a mystery. The Kalpoes along with Dutch teen Joran van der Sloot were arrested in connection with the case but later released. They have all denied any involvement in her disappearance. The island of Aruba, in an effort to push aside the negative media publicity that was caused by the case, recently unveiled a million-dollar television and Internet campaign in the U.S. market. (Hardbeatnews.com)