NEW YORK – For Janet Jackson (search), it was the breast of times, but for one Tennessee woman it was so bad that she is filing a federal lawsuit demanding billions of dollars in damages.
Bank worker Terri Carlin (search) wants compensation for herself and millions of viewers "injured" by the lewd behavior of Jackson and fellow performer Justin Timberlake (search) during Sunday's Super Bowl coverage.
On Wednesday Carlin filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn., against Jackson, Timberlake, broadcasters MTV and CBS and their parent company, Viacom.
The suit fails to specify what injuries Carlin suffered when she saw Timberlake rip off part of Jackson's costume, exposing her breast, saying only that: "As a direct and proximate result of the broadcast of the acts, [Carlin] and millions of others saw the acts and were caused to suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury."
The lawsuit argues the broadcast companies and the singers breached an "implied" contract with viewers not to subject them to sexually explicit acts during what should have been family entertainment.
"All of the defendants knew that the Super Bowl, the preeminent sports event in the United States, would be watched by millions of families and children," says the claim, filed by attorney Wayne Ritchie II.
Jackson has apologized, saying a red lace garment was supposed to remain on her breast when an outer garment was ripped away.
She denied that the NFL, CBS or MTV, which produced the halftime show, knew her plan.