An upstate New York family is suing a radio station over a fake Britney Spears appearance. The family of Susan Santodonato is suing WMRV-FM of Endville, N.Y. and its parent companies for $1.2 billion.
Santodonato died in June 2000, a day after she fell in the station’s parking lot. She had taken her then 11-year-old daughter to catch a glimpse of Spears at the station after an on-air personality advertised an appearance by the pop singer. The station only aired a prerecorded interview and had a look-alike come out of the station and dive into a limo.
The suit claims Santodonato was pushed or fell in the chaos. An autopsy concluded a blow to the head caused an abnormal heartbeat that lead to her death. Prosecutors reviewed the case but decided against filing criminal charges. The station’s parent company has not commented on the suit.