The Jerry Springer Show is being sued by the family of a man who committed suicide shortly after appearing on an episode of the show. The family of Blake Alvey said he was ambushed on the show when he was confronted by his fiancée Cassie Rutter. Rutter told Alvey that she had been unfaithful with his good friend, no longer wanted to marry him, and had sold the engagement ring he had given her. The show filmed on May 8, 2018 and aired on May 24, 2018. On June 3, 2018, Alvey took his own life. A description for the episode, titled “Gay Phase…Over,” reveals that “Cassie has moved on – to her boyfriend’s good friend.” “I don’t want to get married,” Rutter tells Alvey in the trailer of the episode. “And there’s someone else.” Alvey’s friend then confronts him during the episode and they briefly fight before being separated. Alvey’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jerry Springer and NBC, claiming the show knew it would “elicit an extreme reaction” from Alvey. The suit claims that Alvey, who left behind a newborn son, killed himself “as a result of severe emotional and mental suffering and anguish.” It accuses the Jerry Springer show of “reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others.” The lawsuit, which was filed in Jefferson Circuit Court last week, is requesting unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
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