Jackson Suit Dropped

Woman had sought billions for Super Bowl flash

February 10, 2004 12:00 AM ET

A Tennessee woman has dropped her class action lawsuit against Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, MTV, CBS and their parent company, Viacom, just one week after filing it in response to the now infamous Super Bowl halftime breast flash.

Knoxville native Terri Carlin filed a proposed class action lawsuit in a U.S. District Court last Wednesday, charging the accused with causing her and "millions of others" to "suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury." The suit sought billions of dollars damages. According to Carlin's dismissal paperwork, she plans to wait and see if outrage over the incident will prompt new measures to prevent "indecent" material from airing on primetime television again.

Some changes have already been established. CBS, having been burned at the Super Bowl, ran a five-minute tape delay last Sunday for its coverage of the Grammy Awards. ABC is planning a five-second delay during its February 29th Academy Awards telecast. The Federal Communications Commission is also investigating the incident, having fielded almost as many complaints in the time since the flash as it did in all of 2003. Congress is also discussing more stringent rules, regulations and fines for networks that air "indecent" material at certain hours.

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