California Contractor Sues Reality Show for Alleged Defamation

Jeff Dillman says show "Catch a Contractor" made him appear to be a criminal.
2:17 | 03/23/15

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Test Text1 italics Test Text1 plain contractor outraged over a cable TV reality show saying he was entrapped into appearing on air and filing a lawsuit alleging fraud and defamation. ABC has the story. You used to work over here. Reporter: This morning a contractor building a case against spike TV, among others, after being ambushed on the show, "Catch a contractor." Jeff Delman suing for fraud, false imprisonment and defamation saying the show caused damage to his reputation, adversely affected his personal health and well-being. The show hosted by Adam co-roll la says it aims to write renovations gone wrong by tracking down the contractor. Don't stand there and To me. He was featured in an episode that aired last March. The contractor was confronted after the homeowners claimed he left their home unsafe. We got to gut this job and start over from scratch. I'm not happy with a lot of the work, but I did not do the work myself. Come back, get this job done right. Really the way this is going to go, you can either come back and do the job properly, return the money or we'll going to help the family take you to court. Reporter: He says he couldn't leave. There was a body guard posted at the door. While he acknowledged on the show some of the work he contracted out was shotty, he claims in the lawsuit that he had no choice but to sign a release under extreme duress, agreeing to be on the show and finish the remodel. They set up what they call a sting which was a complete ruze. They had him finish the job and afterwards they used various clips and held up his picture and called him a crook and criminal. Now he's asking for damages in excess of $25,000. Now, about those references to Dillman being made to look like a criminal. He says he's never been awe rested for anything in his life. We reached out to the host, the homeowners and spike TV but no comment. But the job did get done. Coming up, compassion in a capsule. The study revealing the pill

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