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National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks are being sued by Donnice Roberts, the widow of Sgt. Kevin Casey Roberts who was killed while serving in Afghanistan, The controversy stems from the family's image being shown in a documentary produced by the networks,
According to The Associated Press, a National Geographic documentary titled Inside Afghan ER showed Sgt. Roberts in the documentary after an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle and showed parts of his memorial service after. Images of the Roberts family were also shown.
Roberts is seeking $750,000 in damages and wants the documentary to stop being shown internationally. The film was never released domestically. Roberts found out about the documentary when a service member stationed in Germany called her after seeing it.
Sgt. Roberts was part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stationed in the Khost province in Afghanistan in 2008 when the explosive struck his vehicle. Prior to Afghanistan, he served two tours in Iraq.
"The filmmakers got permission from the military to shoot the documentary and as part and parcel of that, were granted permission to shoot the memorial service," he said.
"I had no idea there was any documentary depicting my husband's body, much less containing the images of my young children," Donnice Roberts said. "I believe that before someone broadcasts your children's image around the world for profit, they should get your permission, especially when there are fanatical terrorist out there looking to kill Americans," Roberts told local Texas news station KLTV.