Ashton Kutcher’s Terrifying Prank TV Show Before ‘Punk’d’ Ended In a $20 Million Lawsuit

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It could seem, these days, just like the MTV prank present Punk’d was a very long time in the past, even when already taking from the long-running TV sensible joke format of Candid Camera. At the helm of the previous was Ashton Kutcher who looks as if a polar reverse particular person today from what he was 20 years in the past.

Back within the early 2000s, he was using excessive with Punk’d, if often straddling the road of what was acceptable in a celeb prank. Somehow, execs across the MTV assembly tables agreed to a pitch from his manufacturing staff to place collectively the same present, besides with actual individuals.

This present could be referred to as Harassment, a title no one might get away with today.

The horrible prank on ‘Harassment’ that went very improper

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Perhaps giving an excessive amount of energy to somebody like Kutcher on the time was a bit misguided. Green-lighting a prank involving a useless physique (a faux one, that’s) for an unsuspecting actual couple to find was a bit over the sting.

The plan was to have a faux cadaver positioned right into a Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel room the place a random couple would uncover it in a mattress. Making this worse was the prank would contain utilizing faux blood to depict a homicide.

Kutcher by some means acquired Hard Rock Hotel’s approval to do that stunt. When a pair went into their room and found the physique, they clearly freaked out. With the resort in on the gag, they refused to let the couple depart the room till the police arrived.

When Kutcher entered the room to let the couple know they have been being … effectively, punk’d … they have been none too happy.

A lawsuit ensued by the offended couple

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Despite Kutcher’s finest efforts to make the couple chuckle off the prank, the emotional misery they skilled was a bit of an excessive amount of.

The incident occurred in 2002, proper on the top of Punk’d’s recognition. The couple concerned have been visiting from Washington, D.C. Their $20 million negligence lawsuit made headlines on the time, and it reportedly was ready to go to trial, in line with EW.

During this era, MTV scrambled to attempt to distance themselves from the authorized fallout. Kutcher tried to as effectively, but MTV stood by his Punk’d sequence indefinitely.

The sequence aired its last episode in 2004.

MTV argued the present ‘Punk’d and ‘Harassment’ weren’t associated

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In the above go well with, it was alleged as a result of Punk’d was just like Harassment, it made Kutcher and MTV extra culpable within the sensible joke gone improper. This complication could also be why there by no means appeared to be any decision to the lawsuit. What occurred afterward is unknown.

With the authorized repercussions hanging over Kutcher’s head, was this the explanation he ended Punk’d so abruptly in 2004? We might by no means know.

Those wild occasions throughout Punk’d and the never-aired Harassment have been from a unique time when being complacent was far too straightforward. Nowadays, everybody is aware of a pitch like Harassment on any community would find yourself getting nixed within the first sentence.

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