'CSI' writer sued over show's characters

May 23, 2009 7:55:13 AM PDT
A writer for the CBS show "CSI," is being sued over the names of two shady characters on the program. A couple says the characters were named after them in revenge for a real estate deal gone bad.

Real estate agents Melinda and Scott Tamkin sued writer and producer Sarah Goldfinger for defamation and invasion-of-privacy yesterday. They are seeking $6 million in damages, alleging the show hurt their real estate business.

The "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" show set in Las Vegas featured shady characters who were a real estate agent and a mortgage broker.

The lawsuit claims the characters had the last name Tamkin in an original screenplay and Goldfinger helped cast actors who looked like the Tamkins. The Tamkins claim the characters' last name was changed at the last minute.

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