Here’s the scoop:
Because lawyers saythat dragging MTV into the Great Jenelle Evans-Britany Truett Scrum of Twenty Ought Eleven would be difficult, if not downright undoable. Yes, there certainly is quite a bit of convenient camera coverage of the incident. And Evans’ attorney has told E! News that he is investigating whether the teen mom was antagonized into initiating the melee.
But unless specific, incriminating details emerge, MTV is likely off the hook.
Let’s start with hypothetical criminal charges. Of course, local authorities would have to charge a person at MTV, not just the general network. (This just in from the MTV Moon Man: He is totally innocent.) And to bring criminal charges, investigators would need to see evidence of some sort of conspiracy.
“Probably not going to happen,” Los Angeles defense attorney Lou Shapiro tells me. “They would have to prove that MTV was aware that this would happen and failed to stop it.”
As for civil court action—otherwise known as a lawsuit—that could happen, if the assault victim felt like filing such a thing. People can and do sue for anything, and I wouldn’t put anything past a Teen Mom. But don’t hold your breath, lawyers say.
“There are lots of of clever lawyers and lots of ways that matters can be brought,” says Ellyn Garofalo, famous for her successful work as a defense lawyer for Dr. Sandeep Kapoor in the recent Anna Nicole Smith drug case. “If, say, MTV were negligent, if they created a hostile environment, if they encouraged it that kind of thing there could be civil liability.”
But if a Teen Mom were to bring a suit, she would burn her bridge with MTV—aka her meal ticket. Like I said, don’t hold your breath.