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Dr. Phil Gets Sued

A mental health activist is taking the Dr. Phil show to court for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mesa, Arizona paralegal NEAL DAVID SUTZ filed suit in federal court in Phoenix last week against the show's host, psychologist PHIL McGRAW and producer, Paramount Domestic Television, for what he called, quote, "clearly and brazenly" disregarding the section on banning discrimination on the basis of disability.

In the suit, Sutz alleges that while trying to attend a Dr. Phil taping in 2003, he and other potential audience members were asked to sign a waiver attesting that they didn't suffer from mental illness and weren't under psychiatric care. When Sutz, who's been treated for bipolar disorder, told a show representative of his condition, he was told he could watch the taping if he didn't talk to McGraw or participate in the show.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton won't be screaming "Live From New York..." anytime soon. According to the New York Post, an NBC spokesman confirmed that Clinton has declined an invitation to host Saturday Night Live this fall. Clinton will, however, make an appearance on The Daily Show with JON STEWART on Monday to plug his memoir.

The shark-infested thriller Open Water terrified audiences at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and members of the scuba industry are worried a national paranoia about the water, similar to what happened when Jaws came out, could happen when the movie goes into wide release. It opens in select cities today, but expands to two-thousand screens by August 20th.

Open Water tells the story of husband and wife scuba divers who are left stranded in the open sea after their boat leaves them behind.

TOM INGRAM, executive director of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association, tells E! Online his group is concerned about the impact the movie might have on people who are thinking about taking up diving.

Ingram tells E! Online, quote, "The depiction of diving [in the movie] is basically, there are sharks in the water everywhere." Ingram goes on to say, quote, "The fact is that divers don't account for a whole lot of people getting gobbled up by sharks." His association says no diver, swimmer or wader was killed by a shark last year, and in 2002, there were only three recorded fatalities worldwide.

Ingram's group is also concerned about the image of a dive boat leaving divers behind. He says the group doesn't keep statistics on that because it occurs so rarely. Rare doesn't mean never, however. Open Water promotes itself as based in part on true events involving an Australian couple who were lost at sea in 1998 when their diving boat returned to port without them.


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