Tom Arnold sues Australian TV bosses over reality show appearance

18th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Actor/comedian Tom Arnold has launched a lawsuit against bosses at an Australian TV network over an appearance on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

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The True Lies star claims he was approached to appear on the reality show last year (16) and was offered $425,000 (332,600) to fly to South Africa to shoot.

As part of his agreement, Arnold was also required to tour Australia in the "prime summer months when he typically receives his best engagements and highest compensation" in America.

In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (15Jun17), Arnold claims bosses at Network Ten "encouraged and edited a story line for the program which sought to disparage Arnold, solely for the sake of creating viewer interest, which sought to minimize Arnold's comedic talent."

"When Arnold raised the concern that this could affect his Australian comedy tour, Network Ten promised that it would not let that happen," the legal papers read. "Network Ten ensured Arnold that its depiction of Arnold on the program would not endanger the Australian comedy tour."

The actor claims the defendants, including executives at A List Entertainment, cancelled the tour and he is still owed $140,000 (109,500).

He is alleging fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of oral contract, and is seeking his remaining pay in addition to the financial hit he took by turning down "alternative employment".

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