Realtors Sue CSI Over Kinky Portrayal
Real estate agents allege producer defamed them in episode
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2009 10:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Scott and Melinda Tamkin are your average married real estate agents. Unless you watch CSI, in which they are conniving, kinky-sex-loving real estate agents. The couple is suing the producer of a February episode they say is based on a warped version of them, the Los Angeles Times reports. The producer knew the Tamkins from a failed 2005 real estate deal and even used their name in the script before changing it to Tucker at the last minute, the lawsuit says.

CBS and related production companies are also named in the $6 million defamation and invasion-of-privacy suit. The Tamkins say producer Sarah Goldfinger, who co-wrote the episode, cast actors who resembled them and cost them potential business “by creating characters engaged in a reckless lifestyle of sexual bondage, pornography, drunkenness, marital discord, depression, financial straits and possibly even murder.” Their dealings with Goldfinger in 2005 were “absolutely normal,” adds their lawyer.