7 female MMA fighters suing Chicago office candidate

by Dane Placko | source: myfoxchicago.com
 

Sean Morrison is running for a seat on the Cook County Board of Review—the government body that hears property tax appeals. Morrison is involved in a series of lawsuits with seven women mixed martial arts fighters, who say he owes them money from a failed reality TV show called “Ultimate Women Challenge.” The show, which features women in skimpy clothing fighting one another, was financed in part by Morrison. When it failed to be picked up for broadcast, Morrison was left as the show’s owner.

“If he was on fire, I wouldn’t spit on him. He’s a waste of skin,” said Angela Magana, one of the show’s participants.

Morrison says his loan was his only involvement with the show. He is counter-suing the women for revealing the results of the show, which was a violation of their contracts.

State GOP Chairman Pat Brady says Morrison should drop out of the race. He’s supporting Morrison’s Republican opponent, incumbent Dan Patlak.

"This position he's running for is critically important to the taxpayers of Cook County. I think it shows bad judgment. He's involved in this nasty lawsuit in kind of a weird industry,” said Brady.

Morrison says he will not drop out of the race. The women had their suit dismissed in Wisconsin State Court on a technicality. They say they’re planning another lawsuit. Morrison’s countersuit in federal court is ongoing.

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On the Mat site profile image  

3/1/12 6:10 PM by On the Mat

Show Looks Great!

Authority Figure site profile image  

3/1/12 5:16 PM by Authority Figure

This tends to favor my view that the production company screwed up and left one its lenders, Morrison, holding the hot potato.

Ben CQ site profile image  

3/1/12 3:35 PM by Ben CQ

http://www.mmahq.com/blog/2011/02/08/leaked-ultimate-women-challenge-disaster-filming-plagued-by-lack-of-food-funds-training/

writer site profile image  

3/1/12 1:35 PM by writer

 Put it on FUEL or HD Net!

Elias Cepeda site profile image  

3/1/12 1:30 PM by Elias Cepeda

 TTT

Authority Figure site profile image  

3/1/12 1:23 PM by Authority Figure

I read a few additional articles in addition to the one posted. It "appears" the actual owners bailed on the project and he somehow got left holding the pieces. It's possible they defaulted on a loan to him and he thereby became "owner" of the show content. He could argue that any ability to make good on the original owner's promises of payment or getting the show aired were ruined when the women told the outcome. Which would be valid. In effect, they prevented him from recouping his losses and in the process violated the original contract, which was transferred to him during default. My principal point is simple: TV shows are filmed. Then they are shopped around. There is no money to be had until a buyer for the show is found. Unless you meant a multimillionaire that puts your "stipends and other payments" in escrow, you're not getting paid until HE gets paid. They duped themselves by not having entertainment lawyers review their contracts. Now they want to blame the "bank", rather than the production company.Or so it seems.

Renzo's Elbow site profile image  

3/1/12 12:56 PM by Renzo's Elbow

Authority Figure - Anyone that thinks you're going to get paid for filming a show before it's actually picked up a network is naive. And if he loaned the production money, how is Morrison now responsible for the actions of Lyle Howry Productions? These ladies need a "reality check", pun intended.Sounds like you know all the technicalities of each lawsuit.Please fill us in with your facts so we can be as open minded as you. Sooo, the lawsuit reads only 2 sentences long? "we want to get paid before the show is picked up.....No you gave away the ending..."

MountainMedic site profile image  

3/1/12 12:44 PM by MountainMedic

If what you say is on point, how is he able to sue them for breach?

Authority Figure site profile image  

3/1/12 11:53 AM by Authority Figure

Anyone that thinks you're going to get paid for filming a show before it's actually picked up a network is naive. And if he loaned the production money, how is Morrison now responsible for the actions of Lyle Howry Productions? These ladies need a "reality check", pun intended.

SleepBomb site profile image  

3/1/12 11:43 AM by SleepBomb

 i want to see this fucking show. i want to see it now. waaaaaah!