TLC has become synonymous with reality TV shows featuring unique families. First there was the Gosselin family’s cherubic twins and sextuplets. Then the Duggars gave a whole new meaning to having a large family. Now comes TLC’s newest look at family life — Sister Wives.
Sister Wives follows the lives of Lehi, Utah, resident Kody Brown; his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn; and their 16 children. But after the first show aired, Kody and company found themselves in a bit of hot water with the Utah County Attorney’s Office. The Sister Wives family is being investigated for bigamy.
Sister Wives Touted as Polygamists…But Investigated for Bigamy
According to TLC, the Browns are polygamists. Apparently, not many people knew about the family’s lifestyle until TLC came along. TLC’s assertion that Sister Wives “captures the intense dynamics surrounding a man juggling three wives while attempting to keep it a secret from the outside world,” seems to be a bit of a stretch given that the Brown family is on TV. Now that their secret is out, the Sister Wives cast may face felony bigamy charges.
The Sister Wives Respond to Bigamy Investigation
It seems the Brown family had an inkling that their new show may get them into a bit of trouble, but pushed ahead anyway. In a statement to PopEater, the Brown family responded, “We are disappointed in the announcement of an investigation, but when we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks. But for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking.”
Sister Wives Investigated for Bigamy…But Why?
It seems that Utah officials rarely pursue the crime of polygamy. Bigamy however, is another story. According to E! Online, police officials could no longer remain silent given the very public flaunting of the Sister Wives family situation. But is it bigamy? Bigamy implies some level of deception that is just not present in the Brown family situation. However, police officials are certain the family will face bigamy charges.
TLC, for its part, seems content to ride out this storm to its end. Free publicity aside, this is not TLC’s first trip to the courthouse. They have a history of legal problems amongst their reality stars, lest we forget Jon and Kate Gosselin.
Gosselin Divorce Kills Popular TLC Show
People on reality shows seem to have a lot of problems, and Jon and Kate Gosselin seemed to have more than their share. While viewers always commented on Kate’s treatment of Jon, things really heated up in 2009 when Jon was photographed out on the town with several young women. The legal mess that ensued made everybody’s head spin.
There was a separation, Jon forced the end of the popular reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8 and TLC sued Jon. Not much has been heard from Jon following his messy breakup from girlfriend Hailey Glassman. Kate continued to draw on her fame, securing a stint on Dancing with the Stars and reviving the family reality show without Jon. Kate Plus 8, though, has not had much success, and TLC has pulled it from their main website page and all upcoming plans to broadcast the show have been stopped.
New York Murderer
Apparently love wasn’t the only thing on Jamal Rashead Trulove’s mind. According to CBS News, the I Love New York 2 contestant was convicted of first-degree murder and felony possession of a firearm. The crime occurred just three weeks after the 29-year-old finished filming the reality show in 2007. Trulove didn’t quite make the cut on the reality show, though, getting eliminated on the first show for fighting with another contestant. Trulove faces 50 years to life when he’s sentenced.
Real Housewives Have Real Legal Problems…Crashing the White House
It doesn’t get any more serious than being questioned by the Secret Service and Congress. But that’s just what awaited future Real Housewives of DC cast member Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq after they crashed a White House state dinner for the Prime Minister of India. According to the New York Times, the November 2009 incident is still being investigated by a grand jury and the Salahis still face possible charges in the case. But Michaele Salahi may have the last laugh. Her White House stunt guaranteed her a plum spot on Bravo’s Real Housewives of DC.